Edmonton

Edmonton hires new city manager

The current chief administrative officer for the City of Waterloo, Ont., has been hired to replace the retiring Al Maurer as Edmonton's new city manager.
Simon Farbrother is Edmonton's new city manager. ((City of Edmonton))

The current chief administrative officer for the City of Waterloo, Ont., has been hired to replace the retiring Al Maurer as Edmonton's new city manager.

Simon Farbrother will start the position on Jan. 18,  just before Maurer retires in February.

Mayor Stephen Mandel said he was pleased with Farbrother's appointment.

"What I liked about Simon most was that he understood the importance of strategic thinking and the big vision, where we needed to go and that his job was not about micromanaging," Mandel said.

"There are people who are going to deliver those services, but it's the city manager's job to work with city council to put in place the big vision and to create the kind of city what all city councillors and our citizens want to see."

Farbrother said he is looking forward to the challenges of his new position.

"Sustainability is an important part for the city of Edmonton as is continued economic growth and it's trying to balance those two effectively," he said.

"European cities have different approaches to sustainability and that's partly based on their history, so at the end of the day it really comes down to priority setting."

Farbrother spent years working in the Edmonton area before moving to Waterloo in 2005.

He earned his master's degree in geography from the University of Alberta and started his municipal career in 1989 as a planner in Leduc.  He went on to become the city manager in Spruce Grove, until he moved to Waterloo.

Farbrother also holds an undergraduate degree in economics and geography from Portsmouth University in England.