One Day in Guelph; Two Big Retirements Announced

This “hump day”, it seems like some people in upper management in Guelph are feeling like leaving work. Forever. In two non-associated announcements, one long-serving member of the Guelph Police Service, and one key general manager at City Hall have announced that they’re finally ready for what comes after work.

First, at City Hall, general manager of Planning and Building Services and Chief Planner for the City of Guelph Todd Salter has announced that he’s started planning… for retirement.

Salter, who joined the City of Guelph as manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design in 2011 and was promoted to general manager a year later, will step down from his position in May after over 30 years in municipal planning, including 22 in the Town of Caledon.

“It’s been rewarding for me, professionally and personally, to have contributed to all the great City-building that’s been accomplished over the past nine years,” said Salter in a statement. “I’ve been proud of Guelph’s continued leadership in developing leading-edge, sustainable community planning, including a progressive natural heritage strategy and a much-needed affordable housing strategy.”

Salter’s tremendous list of accomplishments at the City of Guelph includes the downtown and Guelph Innovation District secondary plans, as well as the creation of the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage District, the Urban Design Manual, the Natural Heritage Action Plan, and the Affordable Housing Strategy, as well as an update to the Official Plan.

“Announcing Todd’s retirement comes with mixed emotions,” according to Salter’s boss Kealy Dedman, the Deputy CAO for Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “Todd has provided such excellent leadership—not only with respect to the well-planned growth of our city, but as a source of steady, reliable counsel to me and many of his other colleagues, both inside and outside of our organization.”

The City says that they’ve already begun the search for Salter’s replacement so that there will be a lot of time for Salter and his successor to have thorough transition.

Then, down the road from City Hall at Guelph Police headquarters, it was announced Wednesday that Deputy Chief Paul Martin will be retiring after 36 years of policing in the Royal City.

“On behalf of the Board and all members of the Police Service, I want to thank Deputy Martin for the tremendous positive impact that he has had on the Guelph Police Service while fulfilling many strategic leadership positions, and for providing stability and support during the important transition time for the new Chief, Gord Cobey,” said Police Board Chair Don Drone in a statement.

Martin joined the Guelph Police in September 1984 as a Constable, and worked his way up through the ranks to inspector in 2012, and then deputy chief in 2015. He’s served on the executive of the Guelph Police Association for 20 years, including six as president, and has earned many accolades in his long career including the Governor General Police Exemplary Service Medal, and a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal.

“It has been a privilege getting to know and work with Paul. His insight and support has been invaluable,” Police Chief Gordon Cobey said in a statement. “On behalf of our entire Service, we want to thank Paul for his many years of dedicated service to our community. We also want to thank Paul’s wife Joanne and his entire family for the support they have provided to him throughout his policing career.”

Deputy Chief Martin will official walk the retirement beat on September 26.

It’s been a busy couple of months for departures from high level positions at City Hall. Last month, it was revealed that two managers were no longer working for the City since well before Christmas. General Manager of Business Development and Enterprise Helen Loftin resigned on December 3, and General Manager of Human Resources David Godwaldt “ceased” work on December 11. Lofton had been with the City of Guelph since August 2018, and Godwalt had been with the City since 2012.

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