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Owen Sound names new city manager

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Owen Sound named a new city manager Thursday.

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Tim Simmonds will replace Wayne Ritchie, who is retiring after more than 30 years in public service. Ritchie held the city manager role for the past five years.

Simmonds brings more than two decades of municipal experience. He most recently served as the City of Vaughn’s interim city manager, responsible for all aspects of municipal administration.

Economic development, corporate partnerships, intergovernmental relations and city strategy also fell under Simmonds’ scope of responsibilities in his most recent role.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr. Tim Simmonds to our senior management team. On behalf of council, we look forward to working closely with him as we continue to position Owen Sound as the place where you want to live. Mr. Simmonds brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role as well as a strong commitment to public service, which I know will serve us well,” Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy said in a city release.

“I also extend my sincere appreciation to city manager Wayne Ritchie, who has been a truly great example of integrity, respect and dedication for our staff, citizens and council. Mr. Ritchie stabilized our administration when it was needed and he was instrumental in pushing the city forward on many fronts. He has certainly left his mark on this city, and will be missed as he transitions into retirement.”

Simmonds started working for the City of Vaughn in 2009, according to an online biography on the city’s webpage, and spent the next decade “taking on expanded roles and responsibilities which culminated in his appointment as interim city manager”.

Simmonds’ appointment becomes effective May 11.

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