City Council chooses the new City Manager.

June 17th, 2019

City of Burlington Announces City Manager
Burlington City Council is pleased to announce that after an extensive search and recruitment process it has appointed Tim Commisso as City Manager effective July 1, 2019. Tim has been Interim City Manager since January 2019.

The search for a permanent City Manager began in the new year and was an open and transparent process led by the city’s Director of Human Resources and Legacy Partners Executive Search, with all members of Council acting as the Selection Committee. Tim was the successful candidate among all the applicants and the decision was supported by all members of Council.

Each applicant for the City Manager position was involved in a staged screening and interview process: A total of 80 applications were received and shared with Council; the applicants were then screened by the Director of Human Resources and Legacy Partners to 12 from across the country; six applicants were then interviewed by Council. A management assessment tool was also utilized to assist in the final decision. Tim was the preferred choice of all members of council.

Prior to his role as the Interim City Manager Tim was a Senior Advisor at MNP, a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm.

Having served ten councils and eight mayors, Tim has extensive knowledge and experience in municipal government, strategy development, organizational effectiveness and performance, economic development and change management. Tim holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Tim worked for the City of Burlington for 20 years holding various senior leadership roles including General Manager positions in Community Services and Development and Infrastructure, Director of Parks and Recreation and Deputy City Treasurer.

During his time in Burlington, Tim was at the forefront of community development and engagement. Tim was responsible for major community projects with resident involvement such as the Downtown Waterfront project, the Appleby Ice Centre and Paletta Park and Mansion. Tim was also the project lead on Financial Management System and the facilitation of the Strategic Plan.

Having worked in the public sector, Tim also brings many years of knowledge and experience in intergovernmental affairs. Tim’s most recent municipal experience was serving as the City Manager in Thunder Bay for 7 years from 2008 to 2015.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
“On behalf of Burlington City Council, I want to congratulate Tim on his new position. After an extensive recruitment process which began in the new year, Tim was the clear choice among members of Council for his steady hand, strategic approach and guidance throughout this transition period. In the six months that Tim has been Interim City Manager he has played a crucial role in moving many of Council’s strategic needs and priorities forward including the creation of a four-year Council Work Plan. It’s great to have Tim back at the City of Burlington; and he has already hit the ground running to serve our community.”

Interim City Manager, Tim Commisso

“I am honoured and feel very privileged to have been selected by City Council to serve the citizens of Burlington as City Manager. I’m also looking forward to continue working with the dedicated staff at the City of Burlington who provide incredible public services to residents.”

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