This was actually announced internally in July, but today was the first time, I believe, Kevin Wylie has appeared in front of a council committee as the next general manager of public works.
The current GM is Larry O’Keefe and he’s retiring at the end of the year.
Readers might recognize Wylie’s name and face from the winter months. He’s been the road services manager since 2012 and, really, has been the face of the city’s snow clearing operations. Wylie is the guy who always knows how many plows and salters are on the roads, information which, for whatever reason, us in the press are obsessed with.
Deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos had this to say in an internal memo announcing Wylie’s appointment:
Over the course of his career, Kevin has demonstrated a strong commitment to employee engagement in support of excellent customer service. He is an exceptional team builder and project manager who is well respected by staff, colleagues, senior management and members of Council.
Wylie is shadowing O’Keefe and will officially become GM on Jan 1.
There’s lots to read up on. Public works covers roads, fleet, parking, buildings, forestry and traffic.
Here’s hoping Wylie’s first day as public works GM won’t be as crazy as O’Keefe’s was.