Longtime civil servant Lynne Livingstone will take over as London’s high bureaucrat.
Council voted unanimously to nominate Livingstone metropolis supervisor in a shock announcement after a prolonged council assembly on Monday night time, a call with which Mayor Ed Holder stated he’s “delighted.”
Candidates from throughout the nation utilized for the submit – just lately vacated by Martin Hayward, who retired in January – in what was an exhaustive, nationwide search, Holder stated.
Livingstone was promoted to second-in-command – a newly created deputy metropolis supervisor place – final June.
“I’d inform you it’s her dedication to public service that stands out, initially,” Holder stated Monday night time, citing Livingstone’s “depth of expertise” and the considerate method she offers with folks.
Livingstone’s been with metropolis corridor since 2007 and spent 17 years working for the province earlier than that, together with the Ministry of Well being and Ministry of Kids and Youth. She stated these years of public service cemented her values.
“I actually consider within the course we’ve been transferring in the previous few years, by way of working with the neighborhood and attempting to handle the precedence areas that Londoners care about. I’m excited to have the ability to assist us proceed to maneuver in that course,” Livingstone stated after the assembly.
The investments made within the multi-year price range assist solidify council’s priorities and present what’s wanted from metropolis workers over the following 4 years, Livingstone stated.
Most just lately Livingstone was director of the neighbourhood, youngsters and fireplace companies division, overseeing such areas as childcare and the fireplace division. She was the staffer who led the final two strategic plan – a street map with dozens of targets for the council time period – from inside metropolis corridor.
Livingstone took on Hayward’s duties after he left, together with via the multi-year price range debate. She’s additionally managing human assets since former director Invoice Coxhead retired early this yr and that file got here beneath the town supervisor’s workplace.
Hayward – deemed “irreplaceable” by Holder – was with metropolis corridor for greater than three many years, working his method up from a job as a janitor at a seniors’ centre, later turning into metropolis treasurer after which taking up the town supervisor function.
Simply earlier than he retired, Hayward informed The Free Press somebody with a robust imaginative and prescient for London was wanted within the metropolis supervisor function.
“From my thoughts, it’s any person who has a great imaginative and prescient for the town, any person who understands the neighborhood itself and the way it capabilities, any person who actually has a ardour for the workers and the staff – and compassion for the workers and staff as nicely – and the work we do,” Hayward stated.
Holder stated the town supervisor search committee – which employed recruitment agency Odgers Berndtson to assist subject candidates for the town supervisor opening – acquired a shortlist of 12 candidates for metropolis supervisor.
He described Livingstone as “genuinely caring” and “as sensible as they arrive.” She holds a grasp’s diploma in well being administration and a science diploma in microbiology and immunology from Western.
“Council picked nicely,” Holder stated.
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