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City of Saint John Welcomes New City Manager


The City of Saint John is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jeff Trail as their new City Manager.

A graduate of the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Mr. Trail brings a unique mix of private and public sector leadership experience having been an operations manager in the manufacturing sector, a successful entrepreneur and business manager, and a senior provincial government leader. Mr. Trail brings a proven track record of success as a strategic leader of complex teams and challenging assignments as well as administering extensive purchasing and operating budgets. Mr. Trail will be a vital asset to Saint John Common Council in helping formulate long-term strategic objectives and policies that will lead to the sustained growth and prosperity of the City of Saint John.

After graduating from UNB, Mr. Trail began his career as a chemical engineer with DuPont Canada in Ontario. After eleven successful years with DuPont covering a wide range of operations and head office assignments, Mr. Trail decided to move back home to Fredericton where he began his own real estate business. Four years later, Mr. Trail moved into the provincial government where, over the last thirteen years, he has held progressively senior roles in investment attraction, export development, government service delivery, education and most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Procurement Officer since March 2012.

These skills and experiences paired with Mr. Trail’s calm, pragmatic, results-oriented and innovative style have prepared him to play an integral role in leading the effective delivery of services and the pursuit of the City’s strategy for the future.  Mr. Trail believes in the value and importance of being a professional public servant who is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in community in which he lives.  

Please join us in welcoming Jeff Trail to the City of Saint John.