After a four month search, Vancouver City Council has chosen Sadhu Johnston as the new City Manager.
He replaces Penny Ballem, who was let go by the city back in September of 2015.
In the role as the administrative lead of the city, Johnston will be taking over a $1.2 billion operating budget as well as a team of around 7,500 employees, according to a statement released by the city.
Mayor Gregor Robertson says he is excited for Johnston to step into a bigger role.
“On behalf of Vancouver City Council, I am thrilled to announce that Sadhu Johnston is Vancouver’s new city manager. Sadhu has demonstrated outstanding leadership at both the local and international level and has helped drive innovation across the organization. Council believes that he has the right skillset and vision to help take Vancouver to the next level as we tackle our affordability challenges and make Vancouver an even better city to live in.”
It looks like Vancouver’s new City Manager is going to be paid a bit less than the old one.
According to a employment agreement released by the city, Sadhu Johnston will receive a salary of $316,000, to be prorated for this year.
He’ll also receive a transportation allowance and other benefits.
It sounds like a bit less than the $334,000 former City Manager Penny Ballem was paid in 2014.
Johnston also won’t receive as much severance pay from the city, if he’s terminated.
Ballem was paid out $556,000 earlier this year, which is 20 months salary.
Johnston’s severance pay will max out at 18 months…but that’s only if he keeps the job beyond 2025.
Acting City Manager
Johnston has been the Acting City Manager since September of 2015.
Before stepping into that role, he was the Deputy City Manager where some of his most notable work came with leading the city’s environmental work and was also instrumental in the implementation of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP).
Before coming to Vancouver, Johnston was in Chicago working as Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chief Environmental Officer.
He was solely responsible for the oversight of City’s environmental initiatives.