Round Rock mayor resumes duties following Oct. surgery

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said a mass removed from his spine Oct. 11 was found to be benign. (Courtesy city of Round Rock.)
Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said a mass removed from his spine Oct. 11 was found to be benign. (Courtesy city of Round Rock.)

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said a mass removed from his spine Oct. 11 was found to be benign. (Courtesy city of Round Rock.)

UPDATED: Nov. 26 at 6:38 p.m.

Round Rock City Council voted 6-0, with Mayor Craig Morgan abstaining, to excuse the mayor's health-related absences from city council meetings in late October and November.

UPDATED: Nov. 25 at 7:40 a.m.

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan returned to the dais Nov. 25 for a city council packet meeting. This follows a medical absence while recovering from spinal surgery in October.

The Round Rock City Charter states that if the mayor or a council member misses three or more consecutive meetings, the council must either excuse those or declare the position vacant. Round Rock City Council will vote Nov. 26 on a resolution to excuse the mayor's health-related absences.


ORIGINAL STORY: Nov. 7 at 11:07 a.m.

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said a mass removed from his spine on Oct. 11 has been found to be benign. In a statement issued Nov. 7, Morgan said he has returned home from the hospital and continues to work on his recovery.

“I have undergone extensive physical rehabilitation and have regained much of my mobility,” Morgan said in the statement. “There's more work to be done, and I'll be continuing my physical rehab on an outpatient basis.”

The mass was determined to be an intramedullary spinal cord arteriovenous malformation—a condition that creates problems with spinal cord blood flow—per the statement.

As Morgan continues to recover, he said he plans to resume mayoral duties soon.

“I look forward to resuming some of my official duties in the near future, and hope to be back at city council meetings later this month or the next,” he said in the statement.

Morgan added: “I'd like to thank my family, friends and members of the community for the incredible outpouring of support and prayers. It has made all the difference in the world, and makes me all the more eager to get back to serving you as your mayor.”
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.