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City of Saint John announces departure of City Manager


The City of Saint John announces that its City Manager, Jeff Trail will be leaving his position on August 31, 2018. After three years as City Manager and frequent travel back and forth to Fredericton, a decision was made to establish his home base permanently in his hometown of Fredericton.

“My time at the City has been rewarding, but now seems to be the right time for me and my family to establish our home base in Fredericton,” said Jeff Trail, City Manager of the City of Saint John. “I’m proud of the City of Saint John’s accomplishments and the colleagues and residents I’ve worked with over the past three years. Saint John has great potential and I’m confident in the leadership and the great team I’m leaving behind to continue to grow this city.”

“On behalf of Council and the City of Saint John, I would like to thank Jeff for his commitment and contributions to the City,” said Don Darling, Mayor of the City of Saint John. “It’s been a privilege to work with Jeff and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Trail’s leadership has been instrumental in moving the City’s priorities forward and positioning Saint John for future growth. Initiatives under his direction and professional management have included the establishment of the Finance and Growth Committee system of Council, the creation of Develop Saint John, the launch of the City’s Roadmap for Smart Growth and the negotiation of the $22 million interim funding agreement from the Province of New Brunswick and the commitment to address the structural deficit of the City.  

Over the coming weeks, Mayor and Council will begin a process to identify a new City Manager. Mr. Trail will remain on staff until the end of August to ensure an orderly transition and minimal disruption to City business.

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