The man who once asked, "where the hell is Windsor" has been hired by the City to attract and oversee competitions at the new downtown aquatic centre.

The CEO of FINA’s 2008 championship in Manchester, England, didn't know where the Rose City was when he first learned it wanted to host the 2016 FINA short-course international swimming championships.

Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said Monday night that Knowles has the experience to serve the city in an executive director role.

"This person has the experience in special events as it relates to swimming," Francis said. "This person has the relationships with the different federated bodies. This person is recommended by Aquatics Canada, Swim Canada, has worked with FINA and based with all our discussions with all the bodies, they're very comfortable with this person in terms of managing all the events."

In this new role, Knowles will be paid $285,000 over the next three years.

Coun. Alan Halberstadt doesn't agree with the hiring.

He said there should be a request for proposals for such a consultant.

He also said the city has its own capable staff.

"We have some good people working for us and I'm sure they can pull off a good event," Halberstadt said.