Linton's Mayor John Wilkes was hospitalized over the weekend and is expected to be released on Wednesday.
While he is undergoing medical treatment, the president of Linton's City Council, Fred Markle, is serving as acting mayor.
Wilkes was admitted to Greene County General Hospital sometime on Saturday and was being treated in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to the mayor's secretary, Fran Abbott.
Both Abbott and the mayor's pastor, Mike Roth, said Wilkes was diagnosed with an infection of the pancreas and as of Monday, he was improving but doctors recommended removal of the gall bladder.
Roth, staying in frequent contact with the mayor and his family, said there has been an outpouring of concern and support for Wilkes.
"I know John really appreciates the support from the community, but all of his caregivers at the hospital say his need for rest is more important than his need for visits right now," said Roth.
As of Monday, Wilkes was scheduled to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder on Tuesday afternoon.
Roth said the prognosis was good -- and they expect Wilkes to be released to go home sometime on Wednesday.
The Linton City Council held a short special session late Monday afternoon to correct wording in a contract on the wastewater treatment project.
Markle filled in and conducted the meeting.
Abbott said it's automatic for the head of the council to step in to serve as mayor temporarily if the mayor is incapacitated.
Roth said he was heartened to see how much the community cares about Wilkes.
"It's not been that long ago, the community lost another beloved mayor and so we're all just concerned," said Roth.
"I know lots of people would like to call to wish John well, or visit him, but we're more concerned about him resting right now."
Visits may be appropriate later when the mayor is recovering but for now, anyone who would like to wish him well may drop off or send cards or notes to Mayor John Wilkes at Linton City Hall, 86 S. Main St., Linton, IN 47441.