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Recruitment of new City Manager has started

I would like to thank Council for their swift decision to proceed with an extensive and professional search for Vancouver's next City Manager.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

September 17 2020 –

On September 15, Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnston informed Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Vancouver City Council that he will step down from his position in January 2021. City Council has discussed recruitment for the position of Vancouver City Manager, and agreed to proceed right away. 

"I would like to thank Council for their swift decision to proceed with an extensive and professional search for Vancouver's next City Manager. I would also like to thank them for appointing Paul Mochrie as Acting City Manager in the event we have not found a permanent replacement before Sadhu Johnston's departure in January 2021,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “City Council has full confidence in Mr. Mochrie's leadership and the experience he brings from his nearly five years as Deputy City Manager."

Council aims to be leaders in our recruitment strategy and have recognized that succession planning is key to the City’s success. Council are committed to choosing the best candidate for the organization and for the City. 

Deputy City Manager biography

Paul Mochrie provides oversight for a portfolio of direct service and corporate support departments, including Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services; Development, Buildings, and Licensing; Arts, Culture, and Community Services; Technology Services; and Human Resources.

Paul joined the City in May 2011 as the general manager, Human Resource Services, and assumed the role of deputy city manager in October 2015. Paul brings to the City broad public sector experience, including time working with the provincial government, regional health authorities, and employers’ associations. Prior to joining the City, he worked with the BC Ministry of Health and led the development and management of commercial relationships between the PharmaCare program and pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, and pharmacy wholesalers.

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