Mayor Rob Ford losing his Chief of Staff

- July 7th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford is about to lose his top staffer.

The Sun has learned Amir Remtulla, Ford’s chief of staff, is leaving City Hall to take an executive position with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee.

Remtulla handed in his resignation this past week. His last day is next Friday.

The departure comes almost 18 months after Remtulla took over as Ford’s chief of staff.

Ford’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment Saturday morning.

 

UPDATE:

A few hours after this blog post, the mayor’s office released this on Remtulla’s departure:

 

July 8, 2012

Media Advisory

After serving the Mayor of Toronto for the past 18 months as Chief of Staff, Amir Remtulla is stepping down to pursue new opportunities.

Mr. Remtulla is leaving the post July 20, 2012, to move on to his new job as Vice-President of External Partnerships with the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.

“Amir has brought tremendous leadership to my team,” said Mayor Rob Ford.  “His experience, advice and dedication to his work will be missed.  I would like to thank him for his service and helping move a number of major accomplishments through Council.
I wish him all the best in his new role.”

Mr. Remtulla took over as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff on February 22, 2011, after helping Mayor Ford transition into office.

Mr. Remtulla has been credited with steering a number of the Mayor’s key items and priorities through City Council, including the Budget, the Core Service Review, the outsourcing of garbage collection, revamping Toronto Community Housing Corporation, as well as successful labour negotiations with CUPE 416, 79, 2998 and 4948.

His guiding hand has left an indelible mark on the Mayor Ford administration.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the Mayor of Toronto,” said Mr. Remtulla.  “I am very proud of what the Mayor has accomplished during my time as Chief of Staff.  As a result, Toronto taxpayers now know that their dollars are being spent wisely and that customer service is improving.”

With over 17 years of experience in corporate and public affairs, Mr. Remtulla will help ensure that Toronto has great success in hosting the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.

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  1. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    With over 17 years of experience in corporate and public affairs, Mr. Remtulla will help ensure that Toronto has great success in hosting the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.
    Although Mr. Remtualla was an asset to Ford’s administration as “Chief of Staff”, and will now be Vice-President of External Partnerships with the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. Let’s hope the”aftermath of debt” from these games will be as successful as the Parapan American Games… ……..as ” usually” hosting translates to a temporary “high” in the excitement of the games and when one comes down from the “high”…..it translates to…..Whose agenda were the games really serving….the global agenda? Mayor Ford should have gone to B.C., rather than Mexico. The bottom line is……does it become a credit or a debt? It appears the latter is always the result. When
    do we change the label of Ontario?

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