Karen Stintz to resign as TTC chair

TTC chairman Karen Stintz. (QMI Agency Files)

TTC chairman Karen Stintz. (QMI Agency Files)

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

TORONTO - Councillor Karen Stintz is set to resign as chair of the Toronto Transit Commission effective Feb. 22, 2014, according to an e-mail the city clerk’s office sent out to councillors Friday.

The brief e-mail — forwarded to the Toronto Sun by a city councillor — is addressed to Mayor Rob Ford and members of council.

“Councillor Stintz is resigning the office of chair only,” it reads. “She is not resigning as a member of the Commission.”

The latest development comes just weeks after Stintz announced she was going to run for mayor in 2014, pitting her against Mayor Rob Ford.

Councillor Josh Matlow tweeted about the notice on Friday.

Stintz has “made an effort at being a good TTC chair,” he said Saturday.

“There were times where she demonstrated a genuine leadership but I am concerned over the past several months that she has put politics before evidence and I hope that the TTC returns to evidence-based transit planning,” Matlow said, who would like to revisit council’s decision to build a Scarborough subway extension, a project Stintz supported.