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Ford thanks top bureaucrat for 'guidance' amid reports Steve Orsini is quitting

Ontario Premier Doug Ford addresses the Ontario PC Convention in Toronto, on Nov. 16 , 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario’s top bureaucrat is reportedly quitting.

According to multiple media reports, Steve Orsini is stepping down after more than four years as the secretary of the cabinet and head of the Ontario public service.

In a statement Friday night, Premier Doug Ford thanks Orsini for his “advice and guidance” during the Progressive Conservatives’ first six months in power.

He says Orsini has served the people of Ontario for 27 years and supported governments of all stripes.

Orsini was also the author of a memo sent to public service employees this week offering buyout packages in an effort to cut costs.