District of Summerland chief administrative officer Anthony Haddad is returning to the City of Penticton.
Hours after Summerland announced Haddad was stepping down for a “new career opportunity,” the City of Penticton disclosed that the new opportunity is with it.
Haddad, who previously held the position of director of development services in Penticton prior to taking the position of Summerland CAO in August 2019, will step into the new role of Penticton’s general manager of community services.
“With COVID-19 negatively impacting the city’s finances, it became important to have a streamlined and efficient senior management team,” Penticton chief administrative officer Donny van Dyk said. “Given Anthony’s strong track record of managing numerous files efficiently and effectively, as well as the respect he’s earned within the city and community, we’re delighted to see him return.”
“It’s great to be back working with Donny, council and the leadership team at the city; it’s an exciting time for the South Okanagan and Penticton’s role in its growth and development bodes well for a prosperous future,” Anthony Haddad said. He added, “I’ve had the opportunity to see my family grow up in Penticton and am grateful for all the opportunities that it has provided us. I look forward to working with the community and our partnership organizations to continue making it a great place to live, work and invest.”
Haddad joins one of three general manager roles, including the city’s current chief financial officer, Jim Bauer, who has been appointed to the new position of general manager of finance and administration. The city’s third and previously only general manager position—overseeing infrastructure—continues under the leadership of Mitch Moroziuk.
“Council met with our CAO to discuss these organizational and leadership changes, changes which follow months of budget and staff reductions,” Penticton mayor John Vassilaki said.
“It’s unreasonable to expect that, after so much disruption, the city’s leadership structure would continue forward as it was, pre COVID-19. The CAO’s appointment of Mr. Haddad and Mr. Bauer into general manager roles and the realignment of city services under their leadership, is a timely and wise step to take on our journey towards recovery.”
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