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Saint John Common Council Appoints City Manager


Mayor Ivan Court and members of Saint John Common Council announced the appointment of Patrick Woods as City Manager. Woods, a native of Campbellton, NB, has been Acting City Manager for the past seven months. He previously served as Deputy City Manager and Common Clerk for the City.

“We are fortunate that Mr. Woods applied for the position,” said Mayor Ivan Court. “Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, the recruiting firm we hired to help us in this national search, told us that he brings the kind of experience profile most cities look for in a City Manager. He has a great track record of success in municipal government, a strong financial background and he has been selected to work on projects at the provincial level. He’s been able to build a broad network of relationships with stakeholders in the City and across the Province. That’s important to us going forward.”

“We conducted a full national search and had a positive response from across the country. Mr. Woods emerged as the strongest candidate amongst this national applicant pool,” said Anna Stuart, Partner, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. Over thirty applications were received.

Mr. Woods brings over twenty-five years of experience in government administration and public financial management and has served the City of Saint John in various senior level management roles since 1992.  From facilitating strategic organizational change within City Hall to coordinating major urban development, his leadership extends from the corporation to the community.  His established record of achievement includes the implementation of the first Neighbourhood Development Program; and facilitating the organization-wide change to bilingual service delivery.  Further to his work for the City, Mr. Woods has acted in various advisory roles with the Province of New Brunswick relating to local governance financing and structure and provisions to the Municipalities Act.

Mr. Woods speaks fluent French and English.  He earned his Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and holds a Canada President’s Medal from the Certified General Accountants’ Association (1991).  He was nominated in 2002 for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. 

He served as Chairman and Executive Committee Member of Hospice of Saint John from 1998-2008 and is currently a member of the Leadership Roundtable for the Vibrant Communities Anti-Poverty Initiative. He also served on the boards of Housing Alternatives and ARC-f.

The appointment takes effect immediately.