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Meet the City Manager

It is my honour to serve as City Manager in the City that has been my home for over 50 years – a city where I have raised my family and have had the privilege to serve residents either directly or indirectly throughout my over 30-year municipal government career – all right here in Regina.

Operating a City is complex. The City continues to provide great value for your tax dollar including dozens and dozens of services through the skills of over 2,700 employees. Examples you might think about include fire protection, the delivery of clean, safe water and numerous recreational facilities and park spaces for you to enjoy. And there are other services with a little less profile such as fixing sewers and streets, removal of wastewater, garbage and recycling, and mosquito control, which are just as necessary for a well-functioning city.

I am committed to leading us toward our vision of Regina as Canada’s most vibrant, inclusive, attractive and sustainable community where we live in harmony and thrive in opportunity. As an Administration, we are dedicated to building a strong community by providing reliable, sustainable services. This necessitates providing services and infrastructure at a level and of a quality that is sustainable today and tomorrow.

Our direction continues to be guided by our community priorities identified in Design Regina, the Official Community Plan (OCP).  Building on those priorities, our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and I are implementing the City’s 2018-2021 strategic plan, Making Choices Today to Secure Tomorrow: Advancing the Official Community Plan. We remain committed to finding approaches to delivering services that meet community expectations for affordability and accessibility, particularly when our city continues to grow and demands for local government services increase.

To achieve this, the City is working to build a collaborative One City – One Team approach, where all employees are empowered and have the skills and abilities necessary to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. We are working to improve our processes, planning and use of resources to ensure consistent and transparent decisions are made that align with commonly understood priorities and support long-term financial sustainability. Future engagements with residents and City Council about the services and level of service the City offers will increase the understanding and allow thoughtful choices to be made about service delivery.

As City Manager, I know my experience and the experience of the team of leaders and employees who work on residents’ behalf every day will help us continue to manage changes that ensure residents value our services and believe they receive value for what they pay. We will work to engage our residents and build trust as we strive to balance community needs and affordability while advancing policy and service changes to deliver on the OCP.

My vision of One City – One Team includes all of us, City staff, City Council and the community working together to make Regina a great place to live, work and play. I look forward to the ongoing contributions of residents, community stakeholders and partners. Your ideas and input make a difference and help shape our fantastic city.

Chris Holden