Shirley Hoy announces departure as City Manager
Commitment to public service her hallmark
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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 excellence.”
“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. A full bio is provided below.
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. A bio is provided below.
Office of Mayor David Miller
Shirley Hoy, Biography
Ms. Hoy’s public service career has spanned more than 25 years.
Ms. Hoy’s career in municipal public service began in 1980 with the former Metro Toronto government department of Community Services. Ms. Hoy began working in the department as a Policy Development Officer and then as Director of Community Services and soon after as Director of Policy and Planning in the department.
In 1988, Ms. Hoy accepted the role of General Manager – Administration & Corporate Secretary to the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place where Ms. Hoy worked closely with the Chief General Manager to oversee the activities of Exhibition Place and the Canadian National Exhibition Association.
In 1989, Ms. Hoy joined the Metro Chairman’s office as Executive Director and then in 1991 accepted an appointment with the provincial government as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Women’s Directorate and Assistant Deputy Minister of Social Assistance and Employment for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. While in this position, Ms. Hoy focused on the development of options for social service reform. In her role as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario’s Women’s Directorate, Ms. Hoy worked on several issues related to women’s equity and diversity.
In 1993, Ms. Hoy became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Housing Corporation in the Ontario Ministry of Housing. There, Ms. Hoy led the $1 billion crown agency and had overall responsibility for the management of 84,400 units of public housing, through its 54 local management agents. Ms. Hoy implemented the Minister’s rent control, non-profit and public housing programs.
In 1996, Ms. Hoy returned to the Metro municipal government to lead the Department of Community and Social Services as Commissioner. In 1997, Ms. Hoy became both the Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner of Community and Social Services until the amalgamation of the Metro government with the City of Toronto in 1998. Ms. Hoy then became the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services with the newly amalgamated City. In her role as Commissioner with Metro, Ms. Hoy directed six major service components: child care, emergency hostels, social housing, homes for the aged, social assistance, and community grants / community development. At the time, the budget of the Department was about $1.5 billion, with a staff complement of over 5,000. At the same time Ms. Hoy was also part of the implementation team directed to work on the implementation of several pieces of provincial legislation that created the new City of Toronto. As Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services with the new City, Ms. Hoy led the services provided by the newly amalgamated department, including social assistance, child care services, homes for the aged, shelter, housing and support, parks and recreation, public health, and library services.
Ms. Hoy was then appointed Toronto’s City Manager in June 2001.
Ms. Hoy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.
Ms. Hoy has also served in volunteer roles with the University of Toronto, United Way, YMCA and other community organizations and Boards.
Joe Pennachetti, Biography
Mr. Pennachetti has more than 32 years of municipal public service.
Mr. Pennachetti joined the City of Toronto as Chief Financial Officer in January of 2002.
As the City’s Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Pennachetti has contributed to the development and implementation of the financial controls and reporting that have built a strong municipal public service and enhanced transparency across the organization. Over the past several years, the City has won three Government Finance Officers Association awards for the City’s Long-Term Fiscal Plan, Budget and Annual Financial Report. These awards recognized that Toronto’s financial planning and reporting presented clear examples of best practices on which other governments could base their work.
The 2005 Long Term Fiscal Plan, approved by Toronto City Council and implemented by Mr. Pennachetti and City staff, has resulted in Toronto receiving an upgraded credit rating and the delivery of the long term financial tools needed to improve the financial health of the City.
As Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Pennachetti contributed to the enhancement of Toronto’s business climate through a 15 year plan to reduce business property taxes and a 10 year plan to reduce property taxes on small business. This initiative, combined with reductions to water rates for industrial water users and the implementation of the Tax Increment Equivalent Growth program, will mean that Toronto can better compete within the GTA and has the flexibility it needs to attract and retain business.
Mr. Pennachetti has also worked on the City’s numerous financing agreements with the federal and provincial governments and the private sector, which have resulted in significant new infrastructure and transit being developed in Toronto.
Most recently, Mr. Pennachetti worked on the City’s financial arrangements for the use of the City’s proceeds from sale of Toronto Hydro Telecom, which provided a $75 million investment to Toronto’s Community Housing Corporation for the maintenance of housing stock in the City.
Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Pennachetti was the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance for 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.