City of Port Coquitlam to Begin Search for New CAO

The City of Port Coquitlam will be searching for a new Chief Administrative Officer, following an announcement today that CAO John Leeburn will leave his post this summer.

After six years as the City of Port Coquitlam’s most senior staff member, Leeburn will leave the City on July 27 to pursue new career opportunities.

“John has done an outstanding job moving our City forward,” said Mayor Greg Moore. “He has made tremendous strides improving our organizational culture, structure and services, and is leaving behind some big shoes to fill. We will miss his passion for the community and I wish him all the best.”

In the coming weeks, Council will decide on a hiring process for the new CAO.

“I’m very happy John has given us time to fill the position and consider the best approach for the city,” Moore said. “We’ll make sure to share the details with the community once they are worked out.”

Leeburn joined the city staff in 2012 as CAO after 17 years with the City of Maple Ridge, including serving in one of the City’s most senior staff positions as Executive Director to the CAO.

In total, he has worked in municipal government for 31 years. Now age 55, he does not yet have another position lined up after he leaves Port Coquitlam.

“In the small number of working years I have left, I hope to focus on some of the areas of work that really excite and energize me,” said Leeburn, a long-time Port Coquitlam resident. “In my time with the city, I have enjoyed seeing the progress we have made as a team. It has been, and will continue to be, a great honour leading this organization and working closely with so many wonderful people.”

Leeburn’s contributions include:

The plans for the CAO hiring process are expected to be confirmed by Spring.

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For additional information, contact:
Pardeep Purewal
Manager, Communications and Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
T: 604.927.5335