St. John's city hall under a blue summer sky.

The City of St. John's spent $50,000 headhunting — and received interest from as far away as Bangladesh — but in the end the provincial capital found a new city manager in its own backyard.

City Council announced Wednesday that Bob Smart has been hired for the job.

Smart has been a civil servant for more than three decades, most recently as deputy minister in the provincial Department of Transportation and Works.

He is expected to start his new job in April.