|Sources say Amir Remtulla will be the Pan Am Games vice-president of external partnerships.
Mayor Rob Ford is once again looking for a new chief of staff.
Amir Remtulla, Ford’s current chief of staff, is leaving City Hall to take an executive position with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee.
After almost 18 months as chief of staff, Remtulla resigned to take a job as the Pan Am Games vice-president external partnerships. His last day is July 20.
“Amir has brought tremendous leadership to my team,” Ford stated in a press release issued Saturday. “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.”
Remtulla heralded the mayor’s accomplishments during his time as chief of staff.
“Toronto taxpayers now know that their dollars are being spent wisely and that customer service is improving,” Remtulla stated.
Remtulla took over the reins of the mayor’s office in February 2011 following the departure of Nick Kouvalis – Ford’s first chief of staff and 2010 campaign manager.
A former Molson Coors executive, City Hall veteran and member of Ford’s transition team, Remtulla earned $156,692.29 working for Ford last year.
During his tenure, Remtulla steered the mayor’s office through several major policy issues including labour deals with the city’s unions, the 2012 budget, the city’s core service review, outsourcing more of the city’s garbage collection and cleaning up the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
Councillor Doug Ford said he would miss Remtulla but welcomed the fact a part of “Ford Nation” would be organizing the Pan Am Games and ensuring the event stays on budget.
“The way we look at it, we’re extending the tentacles,” Ford said.
“(Remtulla) was great ... he was a true leader and he’s still part of the team. He’s still part of Ford Nation just like Nick (Kouvalis).”
Councillor Josh Colle described Remtulla as “a good guy” who was “very professional and well respected.”
“I dealt with him a lot and in my dealings he was very professional and upfront,” he said.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said Remtulla was “a good fit for the mayor.”
“He was a good bridge between the mayor and members of council,” he said.
Councillor Shelley Carroll said she is concerned Remtulla’s departure could make it harder for councillors to deal with the mayor’s office.
“My only way to deal with that office was someone like Amir,” she said.
Remtulla is no stranger to the Pan Am Games.
He accompanied Ford to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the 2011 Pan Am Games.
Ford is set to raise the Pan Am Games flag at City Hall Tuesday to mark the three-year countdown to Toronto hosting the games.