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Vaughan’s ex-city manager lands job as Owen Sound’s top bureaucrat

After leaving Vaughan, Tim Simmonds starts new job May 11
April 30, 2020
Dina Al-Shibeeb

Vaughan’s former city manager, Tim Simmonds, has landed a job as Owen Sound’s top bureaucrat.

“After a thorough recruitment and selection process, the City of Owen Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tim Simmonds as City Manager, effective May 11, 2020,” the municipality announced in a statement published April 23.

Simmonds, who filled in as interim city manager last year, served his last day as Vaughan’s top bureaucrat on Friday, Feb. 14. His departure heralded the end of a long chapter for Simmonds, who started working for the city in 2009.

Owen Sound, about a two-hour drive north of Vaughan, is a city in the northern area of Southwestern Ontario, with a population of around 21,341.

“Simmonds will be replacing City Manager Wayne Ritchie, who is retiring after more than 30 years in public service,” continued the statement.

Owen Sound’s Mayor Ian Boddy welcomed Simmonds aboard in the city statement.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr. Tim Simmonds to our senior management team,” Boddy said.

“Mr. Simmonds brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role as well as a strong commitment to public service, which I know will serve us well,” Boddy added. “I also extend my sincere appreciation to City Manager Wayne Ritchie, who has been a truly great example of integrity, respect and dedication for our staff, citizens and council.”