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Council appoints interim city manager

City Council has appointed Kathy Hopkins as Interim City Manager, effective Dec. 1, 2017, to ensure a smooth transition as Council goes through the process of selecting a new city manager in the coming months.

Hopkins has more than 30 years of experience in municipal government administration, including 20 years at the senior management level. She retired from the City of Lethbridge in 2015. During her career, she handled a diverse portfolio of municipal services including community services, planning and corporate services.

"Mrs. Hopkins' breadth of knowledge, her strong relationships in the community, and her leadership experience make her an ideal person work closely with Council as we move through the comprehensive process of selecting a new city manager," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "She has a thorough understanding of municipal administration, and she will provide a steady hand at the helm of our organization during this transition period."

Earlier this month, City Council received notice from City Manager Garth Sherwin that he will be retiring on Jan. 3, 2018 after more than 32 years in public service with the City of Lethbridge. Hopkins will serve as Interim City Manager until Council completes its recruitment process and names a permanent replacement some time in 2018.

Media Contact:
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant