May 23, 2002

Regional Municipality of York hires new Chief Administrative Officer


NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Garrett as Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Garrett will succeed Alan Wells, who is retiring after 27 years of service to the Region.

Mr. Garrett graduated from Queen's University with a M. Sc., Engineering, Water Resources, and served in his first management position as Administrator of the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. He became General Manager of the South Nation River Basin Development, and then went to the Government of Ontario, in the Ministry of Natural Resources, where he eventually became the Assistant Deputy Minister.

Mr. Garrett led the Regional Municipality of Peel for eight years, during which Peel was experiencing rapid growth, developing its long-term plans, and building a foundation of strong fiscal stewardship. Because of his success in Peel Region, Mr. Garrett was recruited to lead the amalgamation of seven municipalities to form the new City of Toronto, a transition leadership role he held for four years.

Mr. Garrett brings to the CAO position in York Region a wealth of senior municipal leadership experience. He is highly regarded for his integrity, his strategic leadership, his ability to rally people to achieve high levels of service excellence, and his commitment to municipal government.

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at

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:

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

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