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(Updated 5:30 p.m., Feb. 8)
City hires former deputy manager to replace Kent Kirkpatrick

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa city council has hired former deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos to replace Kent Kirkpatrick as the city's top bureaucrat.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Kanellakos return to Ottawa City Hall to continue his great work on behalf of Ottawa residents. He is a trusted leader and consummate public servant with impeccable credentials in the planning and delivery of a broad range of municipal services,” Mayor Jim Watson said in a press release announcing the appointment.

Kanellakos first began his career with the Gloucester Police Department in 1985.

He moved up through the bureaucratic ranks and was eventually appointed as the first director-general of the newly-almalgamated Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Service in 1995 . He remained with the police service until Ottawa was amalgamated in 2001 when he successfully applied to lead the emergency and protective services department.

In 2004, Kirkpatrick appointed Kanellakos as one of three deputy city managers in a reorganized management structure to head up an expanded community and protective services department.

Kanellakos left the City of Ottawa last May to accept a position as the top bureaucrat with the City of Vaughan after Ottawa had extended Kirkpatrick's contract another year.

When Kirkpatrick announced his plans to retire in September, many City Hall insiders were hoping that Kanellakos might return. On Monday their wishes were granted.

"The City is undergoing unprecedented growth with the expansion of light rail transit, a new Innovation Centre, new cultural landmark facilities, and other city-building projects," says Watson. "Our Council, residents, employees, and stakeholders will be well served by the dynamic and prudent management style of Mr. Kanellakos as the City moves forward with its challenging, ambitious priorities.”

Kanellakos will assume his new post on May 2, 2016. For a detailed and informative on Steve Kanellakos click here.

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