Nicole Ard informed city commissioners in an email on Monday she was taking a leave of absence to attend to a family emergency.
"She's still going to be available by phone," Sandusky city commissioner Keith Grohe told the Register. "She's going to take a few days off to take care of a family emergency."
Ard, who was appointed city commissioner late last year, said she was traveling to Dayton to assist family members undergoing medical procedures. Law director Don Icsman — the former interim city manager — will be available to assist city employees in her absence, city officials said.