VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver city manager Sadhu Johnston is leaving after 11 years with the municipality.
Johnston told council on Tuesday that he will step down from his position in January, although no reason was given.
Johnston has been city manager for six years and was the deputy city manager the five previous ones.
“This job has been the most rewarding of my career. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such an amazing organization with so many creative and passionate people, all working to make the community better,” Johnston says in a release.
“While we have made progress on many important issues during the past 11 years, there is so much more to be done and I have confidence in the commitment and professionalism of the city staff to meet those challenges.”
My statement on the departure of City Manager @sadhuajohnston.
Sadhu has devoted 11 years of tireless service to the residents of Vancouver, and will leave us with an impressive legacy of work on housing, homelessness, climate change, and reconcilation.
— Kennedy Stewart (@kennedystewart) September 15, 2020
Johnston has led several major projects, including the addition of temporary modular homes and the launch of the Empty Homes Tax to help fund affordable housing.
He also oversaw the implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan with carbon emission reductions, as well as major capital projects, such as the Burrard Bridge upgrade, creation of the Arbutus Greenway, and the addition of MOBI bike share and childcare projects.
Under Johnston’s leadership, the city advanced work on resilience and emergency planning, while addressing the opioid crisis.
He also focussed on creating a healthy and supportive culture for the more than 7,000 city staff and oversaw the last round of collective agreement negotiations in 2015-16.
More recently, he oversaw the city’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On behalf of Vancouver city council, I would like to thank Sadhu Johnston for his incredible service to the residents of Vancouver over the last 11 years,” says Mayor Kennedy Stewart.
“Sadhu has helped the City of Vancouver push forward many innovative and challenging initiatives that have helped Vancouver tackle issues such as housing affordability, homelessness, climate change, and transportation. Thanks to his work, the city has a strong senior leadership team that is ready to help us transition to a new city manager, a process I will be helping lead and one that will be exhaustive.”