Brian Bigger announced Thursday night that he will run for mayor, now that Greater Sudbury city council has granted the auditor-general a leave of absence from his job at city hall.

That decision came at the end of a 1.5 hour closed door council meeting, which prompted Bigger to quip that if he's elected in October, he'll push for shorter council meetings.

"I'm pleased with council's decision, and really looking forward to my mayoral race," Bigger told reporters after the special council meeting.

‚Äč

Bigger has yet to formally file his nomination papers

While previous reports have stated that Bigger was still considering whether or not to throw his hat into the ring, he said Thursday that his name will be on the ballot.

"Absolutely, I have decided to run and that was the purpose of today's meeting," he said.

"I need to hold off on platform statements before I'm actually nominated. I'd like to keep a separation between auditor general. I think it's appropriate in this case."

The 56-year-old Sudbury native was hired as the city's first auditor general in 2009.

Bigger has frequently clashed with city council  and there were times when his future in that job was uncertain. 

"I really believe I can bring the knowledge and experience that people have recognized to the mayor's office," he said. "I believe I will be a very good mayor for the city of Sudbury."

So far, seven other candidates have put their name forward to replace Mayor Marianne Matichuk, who is not seeking re-election.