City of Vaughan Hires New City Manager

VAUGHAN, ON, Feb. 10, 2015 /CNW/ -  After a thorough recruitment process, the City of Vaughan is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Steve Kanellakos as City Manager, effective May 2015.

Mr. Kanellakos brings more than two decades of municipal experience to the City of Vaughan, including most recently serving as the City of Ottawa's Deputy City Manager of City Operations. In this role, he was responsible for Community and Social Services, Emergency and Protective Services, Parks, Recreation and Culture Services, Public Works, Transit Services, Environmental Services, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and ServiceOttawa.

Mr. Kanellakos has been a champion of Council's Service Excellence priority to transform the City of Ottawa into a client-centric organization.

Mr. Kanellakos will be replacing Interim City Manager Barbara Cribbett, who is retiring after five years with the City of Vaughan and more than 30 years in public service. She was appointed Commissioner of Finance and City Treasurer in late 2009 and took over as Interim City Manager in 2013.


"It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr. Steve Kanellakos to our senior management team. On behalf of Council, we look forward to working closely with him as we continue to position Vaughan as a world-class city. Mr. Kanellakos brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role as well as a strong commitment to public service, which I know will serve us well as we take Vaughan to the next level. I also extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Interim City Manager Barbara Cribbett, who has been a truly great example of respect, accountability and dedication for our staff, citizens and Council. She has certainly left her mark on this City and will be missed as she transitions into retirement."  

-Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua


  • Mr. Kanellakos has held a number of positions at the City of Ottawa, including Acting City Manager.
  • His career includes 15 years in municipal police services with the Gloucester Police Service and the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police.
  • He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Carleton University.


About Vaughan
The City of Vaughan is one of Canada's fastest growing cities with a population of more than 315,000. Incorporated in 1991, Vaughan includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge. This culturally diverse municipality is located in the heart of York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

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SOURCE City of Vaughan

For further information: Media Contact: Anne Winstanley, Communications Specialist, 905-832-8585, ext. 8024,


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