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Council President Hazouri Has Lung Transplant Surgery; Newby Becomes Acting President

Bob Self
Florida Times-Union file photo
City Council President Tommy Hazouri

City Council President Tommy Hazouri’s team announced Saturday that he underwent “successful surgery” for a lung transplant.

The announcement came just a day after Hazouri, 75, led a City Council workshop meeting regarding the now-canceled Republican National Convention and less than a month since he was sworn in as president.

According to Hazouri’s assistant, Amber Lehman, City Council Vice President Sam Newby will assume the role of acting president while Hazouri undergoes recovery and rehabilitation.

“Early this morning, City Council President Tommy Hazouri underwent surgery for a lung transplant at The Mayo Clinic,” a news release said. “We’re pleased to announce the attending doctor characterized the procedure as a success and the Councilman is already on his road to recovery.”

An expanded version of this story that includes community well wishes and a statement from Newby is at