Nanaimo’s top manager is leaving in November to accept a new position at the City of Maple Ridge.
City Manager Ted Swabey has announced his decision to leave and accept a new position as the chief administration officer for the City of Maple Ridge on Nov. 13.
“Twenty six years I’ve been here, it’s with a heavy heart and mixed emotions,” says Swabey. “It’s a tough decision. But I’ve enjoyed my time in Nanaimo. It’s been a great ride.”
Swabey started working at city hall at the front counter in the planning department and the first mayor he worked with was Frank Ney.
He has held several portfolios including planning, development, economic development, protective services and community safety. He was appointed to the position of City Manager in 2013.
“Ted is bright, hardworking and knowledgeable,” says Mayor Bill McKay. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him during my first year as mayor. His dedication to his job, his staff and his community will make him a tremendous asset to the City of Maple Ridge.”
Swabey said he is proud to be associated with many developments in Nanaimo and the staff and partnerships developed over the years.
“You look at the facilities in Nanaimo and I’ve been part of most of them,” says Swabey.
Swabey is not the only one leaving. Ian Howat, the city’s general manager of corporate services, is also leaving on Nov. 13 to take on a new position as chief administration office for the City of Colwood.
Howat worked for the city since 2005 and oversaw Nanaimo’s legislative services while providing leadership for planning, development, finance, human resources and information technology departments.
“I would like to thank the many people I have worked with over the last 10 years whose commitment to their job and community regularly supported the needs of Nanaimo and the people who live here,” he said in a press release.