Councilman takes leave to work cruise ship
June 25, 2008 · Updated 3:27 PM
Langley City Councilman Doug Allderdice is cruising away from his elected duties over the next few months.
Allderdice, who is a physician, will be serving as a doctor at sea starting later this fall when he works aboard a cruise ship chartered for the University of Pittsburg's Semester at Sea.
To take the position, Allderdice asked the council and Mayor Lloyd Furman on Aug. 21 for permission to miss a number of future meetings. The council granted his request. To maintain a quorum, at least three of the remaining members of the council must attend meetings at which Allderdice is absent.
Allderdice said working on the Semester at Sea is a dream job he has wanted for some time.
"I've just been sitting on their doorstep," he said.
Allderdice has worked as a doctor aboard cruise ships in the past, but this is his first time working shipboard for the University of Pittsburg.