City Council received official notice today that City Manager Garth Sherwin will be retiring at the end of this year, bringing to a close his 32-plus-year career with the City of Lethbridge.
"Mr. Sherwin's depth of knowledge, his understanding of key issues for municipalities, his financial acumen, and his problem-solving skills have been extremely valuable for the current City Council as well as previous councils he has worked with," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "While providing excellent leadership to our organization, he has been steadfast in pursuing the vision of a better community for everyone."
Sherwin joined the City of Lethbridge in 1985 as Finance Director. In 1989, he was promoted to City Treasurer and Director of Corporate Services, and he was appointed City Manager in July 2008. His last day on the job will be January 3, 2018.
"It's been my honour and privilege to work for the betterment of our community for more than three decades," says Sherwin. "I want to acknowledge the talented & dedicated team of employees and elected officials I had the pleasure of working with over the years. They have served the public each and every day with integrity, commitment and professionalism, and I am confident they will continue their focus on meeting the needs of our residents, visitors and businesses."
During his time as City Treasurer, Sherwin implemented the City's award-winning, multi-year operating budget process. In the 1990s, he and former Mayor David Carpenter co-authored the Pay-As-You-Go program for financing capital works, which resulted in the City eliminating tax-supported debt. Highlights during his tenure as city manager include the ENMAX Centre expansion, the joint high schools-library development in west Lethbridge, construction of Legacy Park, construction of the ATB Centre leisure complex, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre renovation, the CASA community arts centre, the Henderson Pool renewal, the Crossings commercial development, and the attraction of major new investment by Cavendish Farms.
Following the upcoming municipal election, the incoming City Council will develop and oversee a competitive process to hire a new City Manager.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge
403-320-3080 | Gerald.Gauthier@lethbridge.ca