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City of Burnaby hires new chief administrative officer from within

Executive search took roughly six months
Burnaby has appointed Leon Gous as the new chief administrative officer for the city.

The City of Burnaby has announced it has promoted Leon Gous as its new chief administrative officer, which will be effective Sept. 7. 

Before Burnaby, he worked with the City of Vernon where he was the chief administrative officer for six years while also serving two years as the general manager of community services.

"I am delighted to work with Leon in his new position," Mayor Mike Hurley said in a news release. 

"It was evident throughout our rigorous recruitment process that Leon possesses the depth and knowledge and experience we need in this role at the City of Burnaby. His commitment to deliver exceptional services to our community has been unmistakable. Leon's calming presence combined with his pragmatic attitude and innovative spirit will be a welcomed presence as CAO."

Gous first started working for the city in 2013 when he was hired as the director of engineering. He now oversees an operating budget of roughly $190 million and an $80-million capital program. 

"Under his leadership, the engineering team has played a key role in designing and delivering critical infrastructure that supports the growth in population and business within the city and corroborates the regional growth strategy of Metro Vancouver," the release adds.

"Mr. Gous has extensive experience in municipal government." 

In education, Gous has an MBA from Simon Fraser University. 

"It has been a privilege to work for the community of Burnaby alongside all the dedicated staff in the engineering department," Gous shared in the statement. 

"I am now honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to be able to work with the mayor and council and all the devoted staff of the City of Burnaby to build a service-focused culture that will ensure we remain a community of choice in the Lower Mainland." 

Acting Chief Administrative Officer Chad Turpin will continue to hold the position until Sept. 6.