January 08, 2002

York Region CAO to retire in 2002

 

NEWMARKET Following a distinguished 27-year career at the Regional Municipality of York, Chief Administrative Officer Alan Wells has announced his intention to retire at the end of June, 2002. Mr. Wells has served as CAO since 1995.

"It has been a privilege to devote more than a quarter century of public service to the residents of York Region, especially the last seven years as Chief Administrative Officer," said Mr. Wells.

"I have witnessed incredible growth throughout the Region," he said. "I know York Region's future is in good hands because of the work of Regional Council, the dedication and professionalism of staff members in all departments, and the many strategic programs and initiatives we have implemented."

As the senior member of staff reporting directly to York Regional Council, Mr. Wells is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of all Regional services, with an annual budget and business plan that will exceed $1 billion this year. He directs a staff of more than 1,700 employees.

Mr. Wells has introduced many innovative private-sector approaches to public administration, including the Region's Multi-Year Corporate Plan. This was developed by all levels of staff and has been critical in creating a culture of continuous improvement at the Region. He has always striven for excellence in public service, with the belief in a team approach to management.

Respected by his colleagues across Greater Toronto, Mr. Wells is Chair of the Ontario Municipal CAO's Benchmarking Project, a group developing performance measurement techniques that enable municipal governments to analyse program and service delivery in meaningful ways and develop improved practices.

"It has been my pleasure to work with Alan, who has become a measuring stick for outstanding success in public service," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair. "His knowledge and leadership skills have been vital in guiding the Region through its tremendous growth and managing the increasing responsibilities caused by provincial downloading."

Mr. Wells joined the Region of York in 1975 as the Director of Programs and Budgets in the Health and Social Services Department. He was named Deputy Commissioner of Social Services in 1983 and, in 1986, was promoted to Commissioner of Social Services and Manager of the Region of York Housing Corporation.

In 1990, he was named Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, before succeeding Chief Administrative Officer Bob Forhan in 1995.

Before joining the Region, Mr. Wells had been Director of Budgets for The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. A graduate of Business Administration from The Ryerson Institute of Technology, Mr. Wells holds a Bachelor's Degree in Administrative Studies from York University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Recruitment of a new Chief Administrative Officer for the Region of York will now begin.

The Regional Municipality of York provides many essential services, including Police Services, Ambulance, Health Services, Public Transit, Regional Roads, Solid Waste Disposal, Water and Wastewater, Regional Planning and Growth Management, Social Assistance, Children and Family Services, and Housing. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1235

- E-mail: patrick.casey@region.york.on.ca


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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