Coun. Sam Dinicol has taken a new job in Ottawa but isn't planning on resigning from council any time soon.
In an interview on Tuesday from Ottawa, Dinicol said his decision to accept a position as legislative assistant to NDP MP Peggy Nash was a tough one.
"This was an opportunity that came up that certainly I struggled with given my responsibilities on council," said Dinicol.
"It was something I had to think long and hard about whether I was going to take a leave to do this but I felt it was something I needed to do."
However, the position is a temporary one and Dinicol said he would not step down from his municipal duties.
"Right now it's a temporary position, I haven't agreed to any more. At the moment, yes, I am planning to return."
Council approved a three-month leave of absence, retroactive to May 1, at the last council meeting. The leave is unpaid.
The rookie councillor, who topped the polls in the 2003 election, said he does not plan to run again in the fall.
"At the moment, I don't think I will," said Dinicol.
"That's a decision I've come to fairly recently although I'm making it public now for the first time."
He said he doesn't have plans to run as a NDP candidate during the next federal election.