City Council President Ed Flynn will be Boston’s acting mayor for ten whole days while Mayor Michelle Wu takes a family trip.
According to the Boston Herald, on Wednesday, Wu filed a letter of absence with City Clerk Alex Geourntas, stating that she will be “out of town” until Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10pm. She left Boston on Thursday at 10 am on Thursday, temporarily giving over her mayoral authority to Flynn.
According to the city charter, the president of the council is acting mayor whenever the mayor is away from the city or “unable from any cause to perform his duties, and whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the mayor from any cause.”
So there you have it, Southie’s own Flynn has the keys to the city and is babysitting us all until Wu returns.
For all you newcomers in the neighborhood, Flynn’s father, Ray Flynn, was mayor of Boston from 1984 until 1993.