Shirley Hoy announces departure as City Manager

    Commitment to public service her hallmark

    TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Toronto City Manager Shirley Hoy today announced
that she will leave the position of City Manager effective October 6, 2008.
    Ms. Hoy became the amalgamated City of Toronto's second City Manager in
June 2001 and during this period led the Toronto Public Service through a time
of extraordinary change and renewal. As City Manager, Ms. Hoy led the
administration of the City in implementing the Mayor and Council's priorities
and ensured that services continued to be delivered during a period where the
City's revenues remained flat while inflation and the other costs of
delivering services increased. In addition, Ms. Hoy oversaw the development
and implementation of the City of Toronto Act, which has provided the City
with the responsibilities and authorities required by Canada's largest
municipal government. As City Manager, Ms. Hoy led a major review of the
City's administration, implemented significant accountability, innovation and
cost-saving measures, implemented several critical financing tools and tax
programs to keep Toronto competitive and provided advice to Council on
Toronto's new governance structure. As Toronto's top public servant, Ms. Hoy
also directed the City's operations during many critical periods, including
SARS, the black-out and labour disruption. For the past two years, Ms. Hoy has
been the City's staff lead on the Provincial Municipal Fiscal and Service
Delivery Review, which is examining improvements to the financial structure
that supports cost shared services.
    Responding to Ms. Hoy's announcement today, Toronto Mayor David Miller
stated, "Shirley Hoy has been an exemplary civil servant, guiding this City
through challenging times while positioning its public service as the leading
civic administration in Canada. I have always enjoyed working with Shirley and
have benefited from her forthright advice, professionalism and devotion to
    "In the last seven years, the Toronto Public Service has dealt with the
many service delivery challenges required to maintain Toronto's high quality
of life," said Ms. Hoy. "I am very proud of the work we have accomplished.
What I will always be most proud of is the tireless dedication of City staff
in delivering innovative and high-quality services to the people of Toronto."
In thanking staff for their work over the years, Ms. Hoy added, "It has been a
privilege to lead Toronto's Public Service and serve the City." Over the last
seven years, many of the City's programs and innovations have won accolades
and Toronto is often seen as the first place to stop to learn about municipal
best practices in service delivery.
    Ms. Hoy's public service career has spanned more than 25 years during
which she held a variety of senior positions in both the provincial and
municipal governments. While Ms. Hoy has not announced any specific plans
following her departure, she intends to continue working in the health and
social services sector.
    Mayor Miller also announced today that he will be recommending to
Executive Committee and Toronto City Council that Joe Pennachetti, Deputy City
Manager and Chief Financial Officer, become the next City Manager. The Mayor
stated that the recommendation will be considered at the meetings scheduled
for September and that the appointment would be effective October 6, 2008.
"The City will benefit from Mr. Pennachetti's significant experience and he
will continue to bring the kind of professionalism to the City Manager
position that is critical to the success of this City," said Mayor Miller.
"The new City Manager will build on the successes we have had in delivering on
the mandate of prosperity, opportunity and liveability."
    If Council confirms the appointment, Cam Weldon, the City's current
Treasurer will become Acting Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer
on the same date until a recruitment process for that position is completed.
    Mr. Pennachetti joined the City of Toronto as Chief Financial Officer in
January of 2002 and has worked in the municipal public service for more than
32 years. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Pennachetti was the
Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance at the Regional Municipality of Peel for
six years and immediately prior to that, he was the Treasurer and Commissioner
of Finance for the Regional Municipality of York from 1990 to 1995. In
addition, Mr. Pennachetti previously worked in the finance departments of the
Regional Municipality of Durham and the City of Edmonton. Mr. Pennachetti
holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration and is
a Certified General Accountant.
    The news release with full bios are available at:
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