After more than six years at the helm of the city, Surrey's top bureaucrat is stepping down.
Murray Dinwoodie is retiring from his post as city manager so that he may spend more time with his family, as of Feb. 1, 2014.
"I just thought it was the right time," said Dinwoodie, 58, who has worked for the city in some capacity since 1997. "Life goes on and I've decided that it's an appropriate time in my life to move on to the next chapter."
Formerly the general manager of planning and development, Dinwoodie was selected as city manager in February 2007, though he worked as acting city manager before then. While Patrick Salerno edged out Dinwoodie for the job in a five-to-four vote in 2006, Salerno backed out shortly after, allowing Dinwoodie to take over.
Mayor Dianne Watts called Dinwoodie's departure a "significant loss" for the city.
"He functioned in such a fashion of high integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit, which is rare for government officials," she said.
The city is currently looking for Dinwoodie's replacement, both inside and outside of city hall.
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