City Hires New Chief Administrative Officer 

Mar 9, 2016

For immediate release                  
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

City Hires New Chief Administrative Officer 

Following an extensive search, Greater Sudbury City Council is pleased to announce that it has selected Ed Archer, a former Northern Ontarian, as the City’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. Archer brings with him considerable experience with municipalities and will transition from his current employer and will begin his new responsibilities with the City of Greater Sudbury on May 30, 2016.

“I am delighted that Mr. Archer has accepted to lead our organization,” said Mayor Brian Bigger and Chair of the CAO Hiring Committee. “He brings with him a wealth of experience in municipal government, and he is passionate about serving this community with his very considerable abilities. He has the right mix of business acumen and drive for results to move Greater Sudbury City Council’s strategic plan forward.” 

“The hiring of a CAO for a municipality of this size is a complex process,” said Hiring Committee Vice Chair Deb McIntosh.  “The committee is truly pleased that Mr. Archer has accepted. He is a driven business leader with demonstrated skills in strategic long-term thinking, as well as capacity and community building. Without a doubt, he will champion our city, with a focus on results.”  

Originally from Northern Ontario, Mr. Archer is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and a graduate of Lakehead University, with a Bachelor of Administration Degree (Accounting) and Bachelor of Arts Degree (History). He has served as Interim City Manager for the City of Regina and has held the position of Chief Financial Officer from 2014. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Archer was the General Manager of Community and Corporate Services and Municipal Treasurer for the City of Barrie and President of Barrie Hydro Holdings Inc.

“I am thrilled to be joining the City of Greater Sudbury as its CAO and offer an approach that reflects my belief in the importance of building trust and confidence with the community we serve,” said Mr. Archer. “Municipal services have a significant influence on residents’ quality of life, so I consider the opportunity to contribute leadership and ideas that help shape the city’s direction to be very important. I look forward to working with the Mayor and Council, and thank Kevin Fowke for his leadership during the recruiting process. I am proud to join a strong team serving a community that has such a great lifestyle and a promising future.” 

The CAO Hiring Committee, which consisted of Mayor Bigger and Councillors Kirwan, Lapierre, McIntosh, and Signoretti, was formed on June 9. 

The CAO recruitment by the numbers: 
•CAO Hiring Committee formed June 9 
•Job posted from September 1 to September 30 
•97 applicants
•27 qualified
•6 shortlisted 
•5 interviewed (November, 2015)  


Ed Archer