Council names new City Manager

January 5, 2009
News Release

Quesnel, B.C. – Quesnel City Council has appointed a new City Manager. Byron Johnson, the City’s Director of Finance and Administration, will take on the new role, retroactive to January 1, 2009. Johnson has been the City’s Director of Finance and Administration since November 2004. Prior to joining the City he worked for Weldwood as a Divisional Controller. Johnson has an honours diploma in finance from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and has been a Certified General Accountant since 1995.

“Byron has proven to be a valuable asset as part of our managerial team. I know he will lead staff in implementing City policies and strategies smoothly and effectively,” said Mayor Mary Sjostrom. “We felt the opportunity to hire a manager already intimately knowledgeable regarding all the matters we deal with, especially his knowledge of the forest industry, was a real competitive advantage. We’re serious about developing our staff through succession planning and ensuring that the City of Quesnel is well-positioned to deal with emerging issues.”

As the City Manager, Johnson is responsible for managing the City’s workforce. As Council sets strategic direction, it is Johnson’s role to ensure staff carries out those strategies while he advises Council on policy, legal and various other matters.

“I’m excited to face the challenge of being the City Manager,” said Johnson. “We all recognize the economic concerns facing our community. We’ll continue to strive towards providing quality services while maintaining the City’s economic and social viability. I thank Council for providing me the opportunity and look forward to working with them. We have a great team of unionized and management staff; by working together we’ll ensure continued success for Quesnel.”

Johnson replaces Charles Hamilton, who had been the City Manager for more than nine years beforeresigning in December 2008.


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