Tracey Cook gets nod as interim city manager, angering Coun. Matlow
Posted July 19, 2022 8:34 pm.
Last Updated July 19, 2022 8:42 pm.
A familiar face at City Hall will fill the role of Toronto interim city manager until a permanent one is appointed by city council.
Tracey Cook steps into the role effective August 20th, taking over from Chris Murray who announced last month that he’s leaving the job.
Cook has been the deputy city manager since 2019. She also spent seven years as executive director of the municipal licensing and standards division.
Before her career in politics, Cook spent 18 years as a police officer.
“I am pleased to welcome Tracey into this critical position,” Mayor John Tory said in a release. “Her passion for Toronto and dedication to serving its many diverse communities, as well as extensive experience across multiple City divisions, will serve her well as she leads the Toronto Public Service during this transition phase.”
But not everyone supports her appointment.
Councillor Josh Matlow tweeted that he thinks the mayor, and council, chose the “very wrong” person.
I believe the mayor & council chose the very wrong person to serve our city as Acting City Manager. I refuse to ignore Tracey Cook’s decisions to omit facts regarding SmartTrack, and her approach to the violent encampment clearings. I can’t support this choice in good conscience.
— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) July 19, 2022