Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether he's going to return to the council table or risk losing his salary.
Pugh has missed two consecutive council meetings. Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown says Pugh has been out of the office for the past 10 days.
Pugh is not answering phone calls and has disabled his social media profiles.
On Tuesday, Pugh sent a letter to city Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr saying he was taking a medial leave of absence for a month. But, Orr has denied Pugh's medial leave and has told Pugh he has to make a decision on whether he can fulfill his duties or resign.
Orr doesn't have the power to remove Pugh from his position, but he would halt Pugh's salary.
Pugh has already said he isn't seeking re-election this year. He earns about $76,000 per year.
If he steps down, only seven council members will remain. Kwame Kenyatta resigned last week.
The Council lost much of its authority when Orr was hired in March to fix Detroit's finances.