The following email was sent by City Manager Chris Murray:
Dear Mayor Eisenberger and Members of Council,
It is with mixed emotion that I announce the retirement decision of Gerry Davis effective December 31, 2016, after leading our Public Works Department for over seven years and a career in municipal government which spanned over 30 years.
Gerry’s vast experience and leadership roles at various levels of the organization at the City has included the role of Manager of Asset Management and Senior Director of Capital Planning & Implementation at Public Works. Other positions within the City of Hamilton included Manager of Finance & Administration for the Environment Department and Manager of Financial Planning and Policy for Corporate Finance.
Under Gerry’s leadership, the department has achieved a number of important milestones and projects, including:
· Initiating and developing Hamilton’s Asset Management program which is now recognized internationally
· Oversight of the Pan Am Games in Hamilton
· Hamilton Harbour clean-up
· Woodward Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades
· Randle Reef
Gerry's steady hand throughout major infrastructure renewal projects, including the renovations at City Hall, the Lister Block and Tim Horton’s Field construction has earned him respect among his peers and colleagues which led him to be named “Top Public Works Leader of the Year” in 2013 by the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA).
As a General Manager and close advisor to me, Gerry was professional, thoughtful, a strategic thinker and demonstrated a commitment to the City and its residents. I will personally miss Gerry's strong personal ethics, sense of humour and support.
Well respected and trusted by staff, I have no doubt that his decision to retire was a difficult one as Gerry is devoted to Public Works and ensuring its continued success.
Gerry will stay on as General Manager for Public Works through to the end of the 2016 budget process. After that time, I have asked John Mater to be the Acting General Manager until the recruitment for Gerry’s position has been completed.
Once the budget process is finished, Gerry will be assisting me through to the end of the year with the update of our strategic plan, other corporate initiatives and completion of the Public Works Review.
Please join me in thanking and congratulating Gerry for all that he has done for our community.