New City Manager takes over today in Hamilton

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Published January 15, 2024 at 2:48 pm

New Hamilton City Manager Marnie Cluckie

Former Niagara-on-the-Lake CAO Marnie Cluckie steps into her new post as Hamilton City Manager today.

Cluckie, who worked for the City of Hamilton from 2005 to 2015 in a variety of roles, including Manager, Strategic Planning & Capital Delivery, got the job after what Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath said was an extensive search for an “inspiring and experienced leader.”

Horwath said when Cluckie was appointed to the position December 4 she wanted someone in the role who knew Hamilton and is “passionate” about its success.

“I want someone who understands the positive role government can play in people’s lives and who is effective and experienced in inspiring operational excellence and innovation,” Horwath said. “Marnie brings all of that and more to this role, and I’m looking forward to working with her.”

The appointment of Cluckie, who had been the top administrative official for the Niagara tourist town since December 2020, took effect January 15.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter as we welcome Marnie Cluckie to City Hall,” the City noted in a tweet. “As our new City Manager, Marnie brings a wealth of experience and a passion for making the City of Hamilton an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Cluckie led several “transformative initiatives” in her three years at Niagara-on-the-Lake, including service modernization, a redesigned budget process and a customer-centric organizational restructuring, which resulted in a 34 per cent increase in resident satisfaction.

Cluckie also worked with Council to develop the town’s Strategic Plan, foster productive relationships with community stakeholder groups, and initiate various initiatives to increase performance, transparency, inclusion and intergovernmental advocacy.

Prior to that role Cluckie was a Director in the Strategic Transformation Group for Halton Region, Director of Asset Management for Halton Region, and Chief Building Officer for the Halton Community Housing Corporation. She also worked for Niagara Region as the Director of Construction, Energy & Facilities Management.

Cluckie said when she got the job last month she was “honoured” to take on the City Manager job. “There are many talented people who work for the city, and I look forward to supporting them to accelerate, enhance and advance their work on behalf of the Mayor, Council and Hamilton residents.”

The search for the next City Manager began in July when former City Manager Janette Smith announced her retirement, effective October 31.

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