Chris Murray, Toronto’s top-ranking civil servant is leaving his post.
Murray, who has been Toronto’s city manager since August 2018, announced he’s stepping down.
“I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with all of you and my public service colleagues during a transformative time of growth for Toronto,” he wrote in a letter to Mayor John Tory and Council.
“Together, we enhanced service delivery, built affordable housing, transit and infrastructure, and focused on climate action. And together we weathered an unimaginable pandemic and incredible vaccination and recovery efforts.”
Murray said he viewed the job of the city’s chief bureaucrat as a “term-by-term commitment.” Council is set to begin a new four-year term in December after municipal elections on Oct. 24.
He said he didn’t plan to retire, but has yet to decide on his next career move.
In a city news release that praised Murray’s “forward-thinking vision” on issues like Indigenous reconciliation and climate action, Mayor Tory thanked him for his work.
“I have always appreciated his calm and steady leadership of the Toronto Public Service and I believe it helped our overall efforts as a city during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Tory said.
Chris Murray recently testified at the Red Hill Inquiry Murray was manager of the project until just before the road was officially opened. He then headed up Hamilton Housing before becoming Hamilton City Manager.