Toronto's Two New Deputy City Managers Will Start Their Duties August 8, 2011

Toronto's Two New Deputy City Managers Will Start Their Duties August 8, 2011

On August 8, 2011 Toronto City’s new Deputy City Managers will be Brenda Patterson and John Livey.

Patterson will serve as The Deputy City Manager – Cluster A.

Livey will serve as The Deputy City Manager – Cluster B.

Here is a pecking order of some senior executive representatives from Toronto Divisions to manage the strategic response and support site operations by mobilizing necessary resources during an emergency event (The City of Toronto Emergency Plan
April, 2009).

1. Mayor (Chair)
2. Deputy Mayor
3. City Manager
4. The Deputy City Manager – Cluster A
5. The Deputy City Manager – Cluster B
6. The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer
7. Chief of Police
8. Fire Chief and General Manager of Fire Services
9. Chief and General Manager of Emergency Medical Services
10. Medical Officer of Health
11. Director of Strategic Communications
12. Executive Director of Human Resources
13. Chief and General Manager of Toronto Transit Commission
14. General Manager of Transportation Services
15. General Manager of Toronto Water
16. General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
17. City Solicitor
18. City Treasurer
19. Chief Corporate Officer
20. Chief Building Official and Executive Director of Toronto Building
21. General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation
22. General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services
23. Executive Director of Facilities and Real Estate
24. Chief Information Officer
25. Manger of Risk Management and Insurance
26. Director of the Office of Emergency Management
27. City Clerk

In order to understand the duties of both Deputy City Managers of Clusters A and B, it is worthwhile to have a look at the following City of Toronto’s administrative structure:

Administrative Structure
November 15, 2010:

The City Manager

Joseph Pennachetti
The City Manager is the head of the public service and is accountable to City Council for ensuring that Council approved policies and programs are effectively delivered by members of the Toronto Public Service.

The City Manager:

  • is responsible for efficient and effective delivery of services, policy direction and program delivery of all City divisions,
  • provides Council with a single point of administrative accountability and strategic leadership, and
  • provides organizational leadership to the Toronto Public Service

The Deputy City Managers

The City Manager is assisted in delivering City-wide administrative governance and oversight by three Deputy City Managers (DCMs), one of whom is also the Chief Financial Officer.

The Deputy City Managers:

  • report to the City Manager,
  • is responsible for the management, administration, performance oversight and financial, budget and resource allocation for a number of City divisions,
  • also lead City-wide initiatives, as assigned by the City Manager,
  • promoting collaboration and innovation across the organization to
  • ensure horizontal integration between programs and the delivery of corporate objectives and Council priorities

The Deputy City Manager – Cluster A oversees the following Division Heads:

  • Affordable Housing Office
  • 311 Toronto
  • Public Health
  • Toronto Office of Partnerships
  • Employment & Social Services
  • Long-Term Care Homes & Services
  • Parks, Forestry & Recreation
  • Shelter, Support & Housing Administration
  • Social Development, Finance & Administration

The Deputy City Manager – Cluster B (Planning and Public Works) oversees the following Division Heads:

  • Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • City Planning
  • Fire Services
  • Municipal Licensing & Standards
  • Policy, Planning, Finance & Administration
  • Solid Waste Mgmt. Services
  • Toronto Environment Office
  • Waterfront Secretariat
  • Technical Services
  • Toronto Water
  • Transportation Services

Role of Senior Management

The City’s senior management, including the City Manager, Deputy City Managers (DCMs), and Division Heads are collectively responsible for establishing, maintaining, and monitoring the City’s internal control system.

Specifically, the City Manager, in consultation with the senior management team, is responsible for identifying the administrative areas of greatest risk and for ensuring that adequate controls are in place to safeguard the City’s assets.

The Deputy City Managers have oversight responsibility to ensure adherence to City policies and procedures within their cluster.

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for designing, implementing and supporting
effective internal controls regarding policies and procedures for the City’s
financial transactions.

Congratulations to Brenda Patterson and John Livey!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

July 12, 2011

Council appoints Brenda Patterson and John Livey as Deputy City Managers

Today, Toronto City Council unanimously approved the appointments of Brenda Patterson and John Livey as the City’s next Deputy City Managers.

“Brenda’s and John’s appointments come at a time where we are facing key challenges in our organization,” said Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti.  “Both bring important and critical qualities to the positions including strong leadership, experience and expertise in innovative approaches to municipal management and I know will make significant contributions that will allow us to successfully and effectively meet the challenges ahead.”

Patterson, who will serve as Deputy City Manager of Cluster A, joined the former Regional Municipality of Metro Toronto in 1986. After amalgamation, she has held a series of progressively responsible positions with the City of Toronto. In 2004, Patterson was appointed General Manager, Children’s Services, and most recently appointed the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, a position she has held since 2008.

During her time as General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Patterson has led a number of major initiatives at the City including the Recreation Service Plan, Management of the City’s Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games facility plan, Toronto’s First Duty Project and the City’s Best Start Plan.

Patterson holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science, Child Studies degree from the University of Guelph and was awarded an Honourary Bachelor of Applied Science from Humber College.

John Livey, who will serve as Deputy City Manager of Planning and Public Works (Cluster B), has over 20 years of municipal senior and executive level experience. Mr. Livey has been the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Markham for the past 11 and a half years.  He also serves as the President of Markham Enterprises Corporation which holds Markham’s shares in PowerStream and Markham District Energy.

Throughout his career, Mr. Livey has worked with the Region of York, the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and the Province of Ontario.  In his current role as Chief Administrative Officer, he has worked closely with Council, staff and the community on a number of initiatives including Building Markham’s Future Together, Markham’s Strategic Plan.

Livey graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto in 1973 and holds a Masters of Sciences in Urban and Regional Planning also from the University of Toronto. In 2005, he completed further study at the Queen’s University School of Business, graduating from the Public Executive Program. He has also served on many boards throughout his career, most notably as the First President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (1986) and a Board Member for the Ryerson University Planning Program Advisory Board (1991 to 1995); he is a fellow and past-president of the Canadian Institute of Planners.  He also serves as a Board Member for the National Quality Institute and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.

Both Brenda and John will assume their new positions August 8, 2011.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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