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City Council Appoints New City Manager


August 18, 2008 – City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Commisso as City Manager for the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay, effective Sept. 29.

"We are pleased to welcome Tim back to Thunder Bay where he started his extensive municipal career," said Mayor Lynn Peterson. "He brings a proven track record of strategic leadership to apply to the opportunities at the City of Thunder Bay."

Mr. Commisso, who holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a professional accounting designation, began his municipal career with the City of Thunder Bay in the `80s. He started at the Canada Games Complex with responsibility for customer service and finances. Following that, he was the Manager of Budgets and Planning before leaving for Burlington.

Mr. Commisso has been with the City of Burlington since 1988. He brings to his new position a diverse leadership background developed during his extensive career in municipal government. At the City of Burlington, Mr. Commisso held a number of senior positions including General Manager of Community Services, General Manager of Development and Infrastructure, Director of Parks and Recreation and Manager of Financial Planning Services & Deputy Treasurer. He had lead responsibility for a number of major projects including the waterfront project from 2003 to 2007 as well as downtown revitalization strategies and corporate strategic plans.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity and privilege of being the new City Manager for Thunder Bay," said Mr. Commisso. "My family and I are excited to be returning home and I look forward to working with the Mayor and Council and leading a great staff team. Thunder Bay is a wonderful community and I look forward to meeting and working with as many people as possible to address the important strategic initiatives and issues affecting the City."

The appointment concludes an extensive candidate search and a rigorous selection process.

The City Manager provides strategic leadership and overall administration to the City. The City Manager develops Corporate Policy and provides advice to Council about City organization and operating procedure.  He also heads one of eight City departments: the City Manager's Office, which includes Corporate Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Emergency Medical Services, Human Resources and Management Studies.

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Contact: Mayor Lynn Peterson, 625-3600
              Mr. Commisso is available at (905) 330-2379

              An electronic photograph of Mr. Commisso is available from Corporate  
              Communications & Strategic Initiatives. Contact Valerie Marasco at 625-2438