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Samantha Yew Appointed as City of Burlington’s New City Clerk

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. – April 2, 2024 — The City of Burlington is announcing the appointment of Samantha Yew as its new City Clerk. Her appointment began on March 25, 2024.

Ms. Yew has served as the Manager of Committee Services and Deputy Clerk since joining the City in 2022. In December 2023, she assumed the role of Acting City Clerk.

“On behalf of City Council, I would like to congratulate Samantha on her appointment as Burlington’s new City Clerk. The City Clerk is an important position that ensures the City decision-making process runs smoothly. This role is also essential in providing opportunities for the public to access Council so they can share their feedback on the things that matter to them in our community. This input is invaluable in helping City Council shape the decisions we make about key investments and commitments for our city.” — Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Samantha on our Burlington Leadership Team. As Acting City Clerk, her profound understanding of legislative processes has not only offered exceptional guidance to City Council but also exemplified remarkable leadership. Her dedication to service excellence will undoubtedly bolster our city’s endeavors to prioritize accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring that the public can actively participate and comprehend city governance.” — Jacqueline Johnson, Executive Director of Community Relations & Engagement, City of Burlington

Ms. Yew is an accomplished public servant with more than 10 years of experience in municipal government. Prior to joining Burlington, Ms. Yew worked as the Deputy Clerk for the Town of Aurora managing the Council secretariat division.

During her tenure with the City, Ms. Yew helped lead the successful delivery of the 2022 Burlington Municipal Election and the recruitment of members to the City’s more than 10 advisory and standing committees, including the new Pipeline to Permit standing committee. As Manager of Committee Services, she oversaw the administration of all City standing and advisory committee meetings, and worked to develop a new civic recognition program launching this spring.

As City Clerk, Ms. Yew will continue to lead City Council meetings; provide professional procedural and governance advice to the Mayor and Members of Council and City staff; facilitate accessible and inclusive opportunities for members of the public to interact with Council; build awareness and understanding of municipal government through civic education; maintain City records; manage the City’s response to freedom of information requests; and ensure fair and open municipal elections.

Ms. Yew holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University and a Certificate in Records and Information Management from the University of Toronto. She is also a member of the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario.

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