Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale Resigns, While Wearing Pyjamas

He's 1 of QLD's longest serving mayors

 Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale Resigns, While Wearing Pyjamas

Popular Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, is calling it a day.

Dressed in his finest pyjamas at the city's St Andrew's Hospital, Pisasale confirmed he's resigning to focus on his battle with multiple scleroses.

He's lived with the disease for 30 years but told the media on Tuesday he had an "MS attack", which started a few weeks ago.

"It's a very sad day for me and a very emotional one, but one that [because] I've just finished with the doctor, I understand is important not only to the city but also myself," he said.


"At times like this you think, as a person who's always had a lot to say to the media, you think 'where do I start?'"

He thanked his wife and kids, saying "the children said 'welcome home dad!'"

"After 25 years of not having a weekend off and not having a holiday and getting so engrossed in the job and the city, it does take its toll. Now is the time to look after my health."

"I have resigned. I've been discussing this decision with Councillor Tully who is a great colleague for the past 4 weeks, and he now knows I am fair dinkim."

"MS is a very tough disease and a lot of people get it and I have been able to set an example in dealing with multiple sclerosis and sometimes you think you're bullet proof. But when multiple sclerosis starts affecting your judgement and your ability to do your job 100%, it's time to look after [your health]. I have had an MS attack. The attack started about a week and a half ago."

Pisasale has been the mayor of Ipswich since 2004 and has proved very popular during his 13-year reign, winning more than 83 per cent of the vote at the last election.