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Rob Ford’s chief of staff quits for Pan Am gig

Mayor Rob Ford’s chief of staff has quit to take on a role with the Pan Am Games.

Amir Remtulla is leaving city hall on July 20 to join the organizing committee of the 2015 Pan and Parapan Amermican Games as VP of External Partnerships. The event will be held in Toronto.

“Amir has brought tremendous leadership to my team,” Ford said in a statement.

“His experience, advice and dedication to his work will be missed. I would like to thank him for his service and helping move a number of major accomplishments through council. I wish him all the best in his new role.”

Remtulla helped steer several items on Ford’s agenda through council, including the budget, the core service review and labour negotiations with CUPE locals 416 and 79.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the mayor of Toronto,” Remtulla said.

“I am very proud of what the mayor has accomplished during my time as chief of staff. As a result, Toronto taxpayers now know that their dollars are being spent wisely and that customer service is improving.”

Remtulla is the third high-profile member of Ford’s team to leave since the mayor took office in October 2010.  

Remtulla took over from Nick Kouvalis in February of 2011. Kouvalis, who was also Ford’s 2010 campaign manager, now works for Campaign Research, a marketing research agency.

Ford’s press secretary Adrienne Batra resigned on Dec. 2, 2011 to take a job with the Toronto Sun. She was replaced by George Christopoulos, a former Sun reporter and Toronto Police spokesman.