Item - 2018.CC43.2

Tracking Status

CC43.2 - Appointment of a City Manager

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2018, adopted the following:


1.  City Council appoint Chris Murray to the position of City Manager for the City of Toronto, effective August 13, 2018, subject to an agreement of employment terms prior to this date, with all the powers and duties imposed upon the City Manager by Article 1 of Chapter 169, City Officials, of the City of Toronto Municipal Code, and as Chief Administrative Officer under Section 140 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

2.  City Council authorize the Mayor to negotiate the terms and conditions of employment for Chris Murray based on mutually satisfactory terms and reflective of the City's employment and compensation policies, and to execute any related documents as necessary.

3.  City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary by-laws to give effect to City Council's decision.

4.  City Council authorize the public release of the Chris Murray's biography.


The following biography for Chris Murray is now public:


Curriculum Vitae Summary




- Residential tax increases held to approximately 2.3 percent over a 9-year period; 
- Established multi-year budgeting, business planning, and ‘Results Based Accountability’ framework;
- Merged Community Services and Public Health Departments to improve service integration and citizen outcomes;
- Overhauled and streamlined Public Works Department to enhance accountability;
- Negotiated development of a downtown McMaster Medical Campus;
- Lead waterfront development, LRT, Tim Horton’s Stadium and GO service expansion;
- Established citizen engagement charter and healthy neighbourhood program;
- Co-founded the Hamilton Anchor Institution Leadership (HAIL) table;
- Completed the highly controversial Red Hill Valley Parkway project;  
- Negotiated eight agreements with the Confederacy Chiefs of Six Nations; and
- Current chair of the Municipal Benchmarking Network of Canada.

Professional Experience


CAO/City Manager

City Of Hamilton

January, 2009 to current


I currently administer a $2.2B public service program that employs approximately 7800 full and part time staff delivering 72 core services in a highly unionized environment. Much of my success can be attributed to the time spent building productive relationships with elected officials, staff and other community leaders using a wide variety of communication and engagement techniques. A 2017 survey of management and frontline staff indicate a high level of commitment to the City and its citizens, support for a diverse workforce, but also a noteworthy intolerance for low performers. 


Director of Housing/CEO CityHousing Hamilton

City of Hamilton

July, 2006 to December, 2009


The role involved both service manager and housing provider responsibilities.  This included overseeing 200 staff; establishing our provincially recognized Hostels to Homes Program, which housed men homeless in excess of 200 days; and leading a review of our shelter system which resulted in streamlining of policy and service.


Acting Director Red Hill Valley Project

City of Hamilton

June, 2001 to June, 2006


This temporary project office and role was established to effectively plan, design and build a project that had been in the works since the 1950s. As director I was front line in working with legal staff to prevail over the federal government’s attempt to misapply the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. This role required me to manage the resources to deal with the widely publicized civil disobedience that came with this project. Foundational to ending this dispute was my work with Haudenosaunee leaders over a six-month period leading to eight culturally sensitive agreements. Construction began in 2003, the road opened in 2007.


Environmental Planner

Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth

July, 1995 to May 2001


Principally hired to help complete the Red Hill Valley Project project.  Other duties included Class EA work on regional road projects and the Regions first bike plan.      


Manager of Environmental Planning

Cole, Sherman and Associates

September, 1989 to June, 1995


Worked on numerous transportation projects involving highways and transit.  Was also seconded to GO Transit for 2 years to work on protocols and service expansion.




Bachelor of Applied Arts – Urban and Regional Planning (1990)

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council recessed its public session and met as Committee of the Whole in closed session on June 27, 2018 to consider confidential information on this Item as it relates to personal information about an identifiable individual.

Confidential Attachment - Personal information about an identifiable individual

Background Information (City Council)

(June 25, 2018) Report from Mayor John Tory on Appointment of a City Manager
Confidential Attachment 1
(June 19, 2018) Letter from Mayor John Tory on the Appointment of a City Manager - Notice of Pending Report (CC43.2)

Motions (City Council)

Report of Committee of the Whole

June 27, 2018 at 10:52 a.m. - Speaker Nunziata advised that City Council had completed its closed meeting consideration of Item CC43.2 headed "Appointment of the City Manager".  No motions were made in the closed session.  City Council would now proceed with the public debate on the Item.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-27-2018 10:55 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC43.2 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Miganoush Megardichian, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner
Source: Toronto City Clerk at