The City of Guelph and CAO Derrick Thomson mutually agree to part ways

Guelph, Ont., February 8, 2019–Guelph City Council and its Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Thomson, have mutually agreed to part ways.

City Council and the CAO determined together that now is the right time for change.

“I’m grateful for the stability Derrick has brought to City Hall in recent years, and for the strong team of employees he leaves us with,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Council thanks Derrick for his service to our city, and we wish him well in the future.”

During his two and a half years as CAO, Mr. Thomson is credited with successfully advocating for tens of millions in federal and provincial funding to support local investments and renew municipal infrastructure; establishing Guelph on Ontario’s Innovation Corridor; and creating new opportunities for City employees to grow and develop within Guelph’s public service.

“Working with the smart, dedicated men and women who serve Guelph citizens and businesses every day has been an honour for me,” says Thomson. “I’m also grateful to have worked with Council and to have been a part of its agenda to make Guelph an exceptional city.”

City Council is working on a transition plan that will ensure services and work plans continue without interruption.

Derrick Thomson came to Guelph as Executive Director of Community and Social Services in 2013, and became Guelph’s CAO in 2016. He previously held roles in West Lincoln and Brampton.

The CAO is the sole contract position in the City that is recruited by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.

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