Time for new opportunities' says City CAO - Michael Garrett to step down after almost four years|
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The Chief Administrative Officer is leaving his position after almost four
years of service at the City of Toronto. Mayor Mel Lastman announced today
that Michael Garrett will be stepping down.
"Mike Garrett has played a significant role in Toronto's amalgamation" said
Deputy Mayor Case Ootes. "His work has given us a solid base for the future."
Garrett was the first CAO of the new City, after serving as CAO in the Regional
Municipality of Peel for eight years. He was hired by the Toronto Transition
Team to head up the newly amalgamated city.
"My position at the City has been an exciting challenge," said Garrett. I'm
privileged to have been able to contribute to the building of a city
administration that Toronto can be proud of. I am grateful for the efforts of
all of the City staff who have worked so hard following amalgamation."
Under Council's direction, Garrett and his staff have delivered on a wide
ranging policy agenda, including: Provincial - Municipal services realignment,
waterfront revitalization, taxi industry reform and proposing a new City
Many City Councillors say he too will be missed. "He is a very principled and
capable man whose accomplishments are much valued," aid David Miller, Chair of
the City Personnel Sub-committee. "We wish him all the best in his future
"Merging the administration of seven cities is an enormous job," said Lorenzo
Berardinetti, Chair of the City's Administrative Committee. "Mike Garrett took
on the task with no blueprints and has done an admirable job of it."