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New City of North Bay CAO has been training on the job

John Severino, serving as interim CAO since January, moves permanently into role
John Severino looks set to be appointed as the City of North Bay's new CAO.

North Bay has appointed John Severino to the position of CAO, following a recruitment process initiated in early January.

Severino has been serving as the city's interim CAO since January, after former CAO David Euler accepted an early retirement package.

The move received the official stamp of approval from North Bay city council during a special May 2 meeting, and Severino's promotion is effective immediately.

“We look forward to continuing to work with John. He brings a wealth of experience to the table and his knowledge of the community, the staff and the organization will be invaluable as we continue to focus on our priorities and move forward as a city,” said Mayor Peter Chirico.

The council held in-camera sessions at the tail end of both the April 25 regular meeting and during Tuesday's meeting to discuss a confidential report from human resources director Wanda Trottier regarding "a personal matter about an identifiable individual."

“I am excited to be taking on this new role with the City of North Bay and look forward to working with staff across all departments as well as with the city’s community partners in supporting council’s vision and implementing its goals,” said Severino.

Prior to the interim gig, Severino had been serving as the city engineer, overseeing the infrastructure and operations business unit. He has more than 20 years of experience in management roles and has been a member of the City of North Bay's management team for more than 13 years, having served as manager of environmental services beginning in 2010 before becoming managing director of community services in 2015 and city engineer in 2018.

Severino also held management positions in the private sector prior to his career with the city, including those at PGI Fabrene Inc. and Dupont Canada Inc.

He holds a bachelor of science honours degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University and a master's of business administration degree from the University of Ottawa.

Severino admitted to being humbled upon his interim appointment in January and looked forward to working with Mayor Peter Chirico and council.

"We've heard from council that they have certain priorities and we're going to work with council to implement those priorities," he said. "We've heard about organizational review. We've heard how important it is to be prudent. And, we'll work to continue to grow the city."

— BayToday