Art Zuidema out as City Manager
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:02AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:47PM EST
Art Zuidema is no longer city manager for London.
The news comes via a press release sent out just midnight Wednesday.
City council made the announcement late in their meeting Tuesday according to the release but did not expand on the sudden departure.
Council also announced that Martin Hayward, Managing Director of Corporate Services, City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed acting city manager.
In recent months Zuidema had come under fire for his battles with inside workers during their strike and more recently with the Police Board during their budget dispute.
On Wednesday afternoon, mayor Matt Brown released a statement regarding the matter.
City Manager Art Zuidema is no longer with the Corporation of the City of London. I would like to thank him for his service and wish him all the best with his future endeavours.
City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Martin Hayward is serving as the Acting City Manager.
Mr. Hayward has been an employee of the Corporation of the City of London since 1984 and has served as City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since 2010.
I am confident in his abilities to work with Council and manage our talented Senior Leadership Team as we continue to push forward with our priorities for London.
We will stay focused on delivering critical projects; such as rapid transit, A London For All, Dundas Place and others outlined in our Strategic Plan.
As Mr. Zuidema’s departure is a personal matter I will be making no further comment.