A new press release from the city seems to be celebrating the recent hiring of Derrick Thomson as Guelph’s new Executive Director of Community and Social Services. Thomson seems like he has a pretty good resume, and we all know that City Hall needs some fresh blood and new talent to fill recent vacancies. Thomson takes the job on September 30th.
GUELPH, ON, September 3, 2013 – Today Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert announced the selection of Derrick Thomson as the City’s new Executive Director, Community and Social Services, following an extensive search and evaluation of potential candidates.
“Derrick is an accomplished senior municipal leader with a proven track record of successful initiatives that demonstrate organizational excellence, innovation in local government and city building,” said Pappert. “He has worked collaboratively and successfully with community partners and municipal Councils to provide exceptional services that are well designed, inclusive, appealing, attractive for business, and strengthen citizen engagement.”
Since 2008 Mr. Thomson has served as CAO for the Township of West Lincoln, where he led the completion of several key Master Plans including the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the first Council Strategic Plan, and a Community Improvement Plan.
Prior to his tenure as CAO for West Lincoln, Derrick fulfilled a variety of senior management roles at the City of Brampton. His accomplishments at the City of Brampton include the successful negotiation of a 26.5 million dollar public, private partnership agreement for a Sports and Entertainment Center; management of the planning, design and delivery of corporate facilities including recreation centers; and the development of corporate-wide business plan models.
Mr. Thomson holds a Masters Certificate of Municipal Administration and a Diploma in Recreation.