Upper Arlington's city manager, who is receiving treatment for cancer, said last week he hopes to return to work before the end of this year.
Ted Staton, who has been city manager since July 2011, has been on a medical leave of absence since Sept. 17 after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Last week, Staton said his treatment is progressing and he hopes to return to work soon.
"I plan to return to work sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas," Staton said. "Therapy, both radiation and chemo, has begun and the prognosis for recovery is good."
In his absence, Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley has been handling administrative duties and been in regular contact with Staton.
Deputy City Manager-Community Affairs Emma Speight said the "good work of the city is continuing for the benefit of the community" in Staton's absence, led by the city's administrative leadership team and Upper Arlington City Council, as well as city employees.
"All at the city wish Mr. Staton a speedy recovery, and we look forward to his return," she said.
Speight said anyone wishing to send a note of support to Staton could email Suzanne Beach in the city manager's office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cards and notes may also be mailed to the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio, 43221.
"They will be passed on to Mr. Staton as part of regular interactions with him and his family during this time," Speight said.
Staton, 63, has dealt with other health issues during his time with Upper Arlington.
In the fall of 2013, he received kidney and pancreas transplants that were needed because of complications due to diabetes, a disease Staton said he battled for most of his life. Diabetes can cause the kidneys to shut down and prevents the pancreas from producing adequate levels of insulin.
Following that procedure, he told ThisWeek Upper Arlington News he'd had a "lifelong struggle with diabetes," and he hailed the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
He later credited organ donations from 17-year-old Sydnee Williams, a Gahanna girl who died following a crash in Licking County, for helping to save three lives, including his.
"I'm not a diabetic any more, and I'm not tethered to a dialysis machine," Staton told The Columbus Dispatch in April 2017. "It was somebody else's tragic misfortune that allowed my quality of life to improve so dramatically."