April 20, 2007
Media Release

York Regional Council approves the hiring of Bruce Macgregor as new CAO for The Regional Municipality of York

Mr. Macgregor to succeed retiring CAO Michael Garrett
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today confirmed the hiring of Bruce Macgregor as new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for The Regional Municipality of York.  Mr. Macgregor’s appointment, effective May 1st, follows an extensive, four-month recruiting campaign. 
Mr. Macgregor succeeds retiring CAO Michael Garrett, who assumed the post in 2002.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Bruce Macgregor’s calibre succeeding Michael Garrett as CAO of our corporation,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Bruce’s tremendous senior public management experience at both the Regional and local municipal level, his wealth of professional knowledge and his outstanding interpersonal skills make him extremely qualified to handle the formidable task of running one of York Region’s largest organizations.”
“I would also like to add my thanks, and the thanks of York Regional Council, to our retiring CAO Michael Garrett, for the outstanding job he has done for the past five years,” added Chairman Fisch.  “The CAO role is one of extreme importance, and one that imposes high professional and personal demands.  Michael has consistently met and exceeded the very high standards that the job requires with dedication, professionalism and poise.  I wish him all the best in a well-deserved retirement after a 37-year distinguished career in the public service.”
Mr. Macgregor assumes the post of CAO after nearly two years of outstanding service as Commissioner of Transportation and Works for York Region.  Mr. Macgregor assumed the Region’s Commissioner role after a very successful 4.5-year term as Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works for the Town of Richmond Hill.  Mr. Macgregor also served the Region as Director of Water and Wastewater Services from 1995-2000 and as Capital Projects Manager from 1991-1995. 
“I would like to thank York Regional Council for their confidence and trust in hiring me as CAO for The Regional Municipality of York,” said Mr. Macgregor.  “I am very humbled by the opportunity to lead such a highly successful organization, and assure members of Council, Regional staff and the residents of York Region that I will strive my very best to meet the needs of our growing communities.  I would also like to thank Michael Garrett for the outstanding job he has done for our Region, and hope that my efforts meet the very exacting standard that he established.”
Mr. Macgregor brings a wealth of public sector and private sector expertise to the CAO position with impeccable credentials in both engineering and administration.  He is an extremely highly regarded leader who is noted for his strong work ethic, management skill and commitment to working cooperatively.  He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and has completed the Executive Program in the Faculty of Business at Queen’s University.
Mr. Macgregor will assume administrative responsibilities for a $1.8 billion corporation with a staff complement that exceeds 2,500 full-time employees in more than 40 offices.
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Media Contact: Patrick Casey, Director of Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1235 or Cell (905) 715-8211
 Email: patrick.casey@york.ca 

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