Vancouver city manager Paul Mochrie has added a third deputy.
In a memo to staff on Oct. 19, Mochrie announced that Sandra Singh has been promoted immediately from general manager of arts, culture and community services. She joins Armin Amrolia and Karen Levitt in the deputy city manager suites at 12th and Cambie. The city will hire a replacement for Singh’s previous role.
“In this new capacity, Sandra will also provide overall coordination for our cross-departmental response to homelessness, encampments and similar complex social challenges,” Mochrie wrote.
Singh’s portfolio includes the Intergovernmental Relations team and the Office of the Chief Safety Officer.
Amrolia’s portfolio has been expanded to include non-market housing delivery and oversight of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Endowment Fund. Levitt will oversee the establishment of the city’s Business and Economy Office, including the consolidation of functions from the recently announced shut down of the Vancouver Economic Commission.
“We are making these adjustments in response to key opportunities and pressures facing the city at this point in time and to ensure our organization is best positioned to fulfill the direction set out by council for the coming years,” Mochrie said.
Since the real estate and facilities management position remains vacant, the shuffle will not mean an increase in executive positions. Mochrie’s memo hinted to other changes to come.
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