Brockville hires new city manager

Photo by Commercial Photography, B.C. Janette Loveys takes over as Brockville city manager in May. Ingeborg Suzanne Hardman / BT

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The City of Brockville has hired a new top bureaucrat.

Janette Loveys, an Ontario native who now works in British Columbia, starts her job as city manager in mid- to late May.

Loveys, who has had an extensive career as a municipal administrator, has a specialty in financial management, having led improved budgeting processes, including project management of a multi-sport facility developed under a public-private partnership, the city said in a statement released on Friday.

Most recently, Loveys has worked as the chief administrative officer for the Sunshine Coast Regional District in British Columbia. Before that, she worked as a senior municipal manager in Guelph, Welland and the Township of Minden Hills as well as the Capital Regional District in Victoria, B.C.

“She prides herself on her ethical and collaborative leadership style and is a practitioner in meaningful community consultation and engagement, which she looks forward to utilizing in the city manager role at the City of Brockville,” the city said in the statement.

Loveys is looking forward to returning to Ontario and making Brockville her home while “while working with council and staff to make a difference in the community,” it said.

Brockville started its search for a new manager after Bob Casselman was dismissed from the municipality’s top job last July. Casselman had led the bureaucracy for 12 years, retiring in 2016 but coming back on contract. Maureen Pascoe Merkley has been serving as interim CAO.

Mayor Jason Baker described the search as extensive, adding that the council was looking for “dynamic change” in leadership.
Beforehand, council reviewed what it was looking for in a senior manager and consulted with the community and staff on its criteria for the job, Baker said.
“It was clear to council we were looking for dynamic change and a collaborative leader with the ability to lead both our staff and guide our council,” he said.

The mayor said that Loveys “checked all the boxes,” noting that the council selection committee was impressed by multiple other candidates.
“We are thrilled to have found what we believe is the ideal person to lead the next chapter in our beautiful city’s development,” the mayor said.

Loveys holds a BA from the University of Waterloo and an MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has received various leadership and public administration training and professional development throughout her career.

Casselman was paid about $166,580 by the city in 2017.

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