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The Search for the Next Burlington City Manager is Well Underway

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We are well underway in the recruitment process for the new City Manager in Burlington — Tim Commisso signed on to be our Interim City Manager for the first half of this year while the search for a permanent replacement takes place.

The City of Burlington has hired the firm of Legacy Partners to assist with the recruitment and resumes are being accepted until April 16. Interviews will take place between the end of April and beginning of May, while it is expected that a new City Manager will be in place by July 2019.

“The Human Resource Department is pleased to be working in partnership with Legacy Partners on this extensive and nationwide search. We are looking for candidates that will meet the key competencies for this role and a person with a passion and commitment for serving our community.” — Laura Boyd, Director of Human Resources.

The City Manager is the administrative head of our city of 185,000 highly-engaged citizens and one that offers a unique balance between the rural and urban, situated between the western shores of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. The position reports to the Mayor and Councillors and provides strategic vision, leadership and guidance on the general management of the corporation as well as participates in the overall direction of the municipality.

Council is responsible for making the final selection for this position and has been actively involved with developing the criteria for this integral leadership role.

Quick Facts

  • The City Manager is a key leadership role that requires an individual who leads by example the approximately 1,400 employees of the City of Burlington;
  • The City of Burlington welcomes a diverse group of employees and offers flexible working hours, mobile-working arrangements, a great pension and benefits package as well as programs to foster innovation and leadership to attract and retain talent.

Links and Resouces

Public posting of the City Manager job


The City Manager we are looking for is a strategic thinker who will work closely with Council to move the City’s objectives forward and champion innovative ideas.  We have a great community that wants to be engaged and it continues to be important that residents have a voice in shaping city decisions with open government. Our new City Manager must be someone who is committed to inspiring all of our staff to deliver the best customer service to our community and contribute to an environment of respect and collaboration at all levels. In addition, they must be a highly-qualified individual who will be dedicated to continually making Burlington the best it can be.

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