The city's top bureaucrat is resigning from his post after more than four years as administrator of the city of Calgary.
Jeff Fielding announced his resignation at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon with Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Your last day's work will come in late March.
Nenshi said he was "very sad" to see Fielding go and was effusive in his compliment to the city manager, calling him "remarkable leader" with a passion for municipal government.
He also acknowledged that Fielding had herded the town through turbulent economic times that began almost immediately after taking office as a city manager in 2014.
"We had to deal with some economic challenges that were very, very different from what we anticipated when we hired him and Jeff came to the table," Nenshi said. "He found more than $ 600 million in efficiencies on a $ 4 billion budget to keep our taxes lower in any big city in Canada, while maintaining incredibly high services and extraordinarily high rates of citizen satisfaction."
Fielding accepted a senior position in the city of Toronto, which begins on April 1.
At Tuesday's press conference, Fielding hinted that family circumstances were behind his return to Ontario. He told reporters he has been away from his family for four and a half years while working in Calgary.
"They've been incredibly supportive doing this job here while they're apart. Circumstances have changed for my family that require me to return to Ontario, "said Fielding.
"It is with great sadness that I will leave Calgary because I love this city with all my heart."
Fielding took over the role in June 2014 of former high-ranking bureaucrat Owen Tobert. Fielding previously served in top positions in London and Burlington, Ont.
Fielding conducted a number of important municipal reforms during his tenure. He helped reform Calgary's municipal budget system by launching a "service-based budget" structure in the 2019-22 fiscal cycle to replace the old departmental budget system.
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