UPDATE: City’s top managers leaving Nanaimo for new jobs

NANAIMO – Ted Swabey, city manager, and Ian Howat, corporate services manager, are leaving Nanaimo for positions in Maple Ridge and Colwood.

Nanaimo’s city manager has announce his departure for new horizons.

Ted Swabey has given notice to city council that he is leaving his position for a new job as chief administration officer for the City of Maple Ridge.

Swabey’s last day as head of Nanaimo’s city administration is set for Nov. 13.

Council will convene in coming days to start the process to find a new city manager.

Swabey has worked for the city since 1989 and was appointed to city manager in 2013.

“My years with the city have provided me many incredible opportunities to be a part of the changes and growth this community has witnessed,” Swabey said, in a press release.  “Along the way I have had the pleasure of working with a great number of people who have both made, and continue to make, Nanaimo a great place to live.”

Ian Howat, the city’s general manager of corporate services also announced he will be leaving his position at city hall, for a new position as chief administration officer for the City of Colwood and is also set to depart Nov. 13

Howat has worked for the city since 2005. Howat oversaw Nanaimo’s legislative services and strategic relationship functions and provided senior leadership for planning, development, finance, human resources and information technology departments.

“I would like to thank the many people I have worked with over the last ten years whose commitment to their job and community regularly supported the needs of Nanaimo and the people who live here,” Howat said, in a press release.

More to come