August 26, 2014 10:23 am

Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti to retire at end of the year

City Manager Joe Pennachetti speaks to the media on May 1, 2014.

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TORONTO – Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti, the man in charge of providing advice and guidance to Toronto city council and administration since 2008, is calling it quits.

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Pennachetti announced his retirement plan in a media release on Tuesday. Deputy City Manager Brenda Patterson will also be leaving her position.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead the public service and to serve City Council for the past six years,” said Pennachetti.

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, particularly the enduring intergovernmental relationships we’ve established at the GTHA, provincial and federal levels.

Pennachetti was appointed the city manager position after serving as Toronto’s chief financial officer and deputy city manager since 2002.

He has recommended to council that John Livey, Deputy City Manager for Citizen Services B, be named acting city manager while a search for a permanent successor is complete.

Pennachetti’s retirement is effective Nov. 28 and Patterson will leave her job Nov. 6.

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