This morning's press release from the City of Guelph:
GUELPH, ON, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – The City of Guelph's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Hans Loewig, has notified City Council that he will not complete the full term of his employment contract.
Mr. Loewig shared his plans at a closed meeting of City Council last night and offered to stay on as the City's Chief Administrator until the end of 2011, committing to help Council with its recruitment of a new CAO and ensure a smooth transition. He is stepping down from the City's top job for personal reasons.
"This decision was a difficult one for me because I continue to be passionate about the important work we do on behalf of this community," says Mr. Loewig. "The years I've spent as Guelph's CAO have been rich with positive challenges and very rewarding. I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many committed and capable people in the organization. I feel we have accomplished a tremendous amount, built partnerships that will serve Guelph well for years to come, and laid important groundwork to continue to ensure Guelph remains an outstanding place to live as it grows."
Mayor Karen Farbridge says the loss of Guelph's chief administrator is a great one. "The legacy Mr. Loewig leaves is one of exemplary leadership, integrity, and a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic that has served our community extremely well over the past four years. I'd like to thank Mr. Loewig for everything he's done for our community, and wish him the absolute best."
Mr. Loewig first accepted the position as Guelph's Interim CAO in June 2007. That contract was extended, then replaced with a permanent, four-year contract. Mr. Loewig joined the City of Guelph with 37 years' experience in the municipal sector including having served as the CAO for the City of Brantford from 1999 to 2004. Under his leadership the City of Guelph secured $48 million in federal and provincial funds to renew Guelph's aging infrastructure; made significant headway on the Hanlon Creek Business Park—employment lands expected to create 10,000 jobs and strengthen Guelph’s economy; implemented a People Practices Strategy to help the City become a top employer; and launched an economic development strategy to help Guelph compete and prosper in the next decade.
Mr. Loewig is leaving one year in advance of the term of his contract.