The City of St. John’s has appointed a new city manager.
Deputy city manager and city clerk Neil Martin — who took over as interim city manager in April after the city announced Robert Smart’s contract would not be renewed — has been appointed to the position with a two-year contract.
Kevin Breen, the city’s director of human resources, will take over the deputy city manager job, and Elaine Henley, the city’s manager of legislative services, will take over the role of city clerk.
“It will now be Neil’s job as city manager to lead our staff of 1,200 employees in carrying out the mandate and directives as determined by council,” said Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, announcing the appointments at Monday’s regular council meeting.
Council voted at a private meeting to not renew Smart’s contract. No specific reasons were given, and O’Keefe said at the time it was a mistake to let Smart go.
The changes are effective June 1.