It turns out the city of Regina is hiring internally for its new city manager.

Chris Holden, who's currently the city's director of communications, takes over the city's top administrative job on March 1.

The city announced the appointment on Wednesday after what it called an "exhaustive" search. 

Regina City Hall

City manager is the top administrative job at City Hall. (Arielle Zerr/CBC News)

In a news release, Mayor Michael Fougere said it was a testament to the quality of the employees at city hall that Regina was able to promote from within.

Holden has worked with the city in a number of different roles over the past 38 years. His first job was lifeguard.

"I have made my life in Regina, so it is a great privilege to be able to manage one of Canada's greatest cities,"  Holden said in a news release.

The search for a new city manager began after Glen Davies announced his retirement in July of last year. He left the post Oct. 31 and city finance official Ed Archer stepped in for the interim. 

The job of city manager is one of a handful of positions which are directly chosen by members of city council. A group of councillors (Barbara Young, Bob Hawkins, Shawn Fraser and Sharron Bryce) are part of a selection committee with Mayor Michael Fougere.

The new city manager will oversee the completion of a number of large infrastructure projects including the water treatment plant and the new stadium.