Reg Rankin's leave of absence approved by Halifax council

Halifax regional council has approved a two-month paid leave of absence for Coun. Reg Rankin, one week after police arrested the Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park West councillor for impaired driving.

Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park West councillor faces impaired driving charges

Three years ago, Reg Rankin took a leave of absence from Halifax regional council to seek professional help and medical treatment. (CBC)

Halifax regional council has approved a two-month paid leave of absence for Coun. Reg Rankin, one week after police arrested the Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park West councillor for impaired driving.

Council ratified a motion — made during an earlier in-camera session held Tuesday — approving the leave for up to two months.

It's not clear when the leave begins, but a spokeswoman for the Halifax Regional Municipality said Rankin was not at the council meeting on Tuesday.

Nova Scotia RCMP arrested Rankin after a car drove into a house in Timberlea at around 4:30 p.m. on March 26. According to property records, the house belonged to Rankin and his wife.

Rankin is scheduled to appear in court on May 5.

This is not the first time the regional councillor has taken an extended leave of absence.

Rankin — originally from Mabou, Cape Breton — went on leave nearly three years ago to seek professional help and medical treatment, though the reason was never disclosed.

He was first elected to regional council in 1991.