City of Barrie’s Friary no longer acting

City veteran named director of roads, parks and fleets

Dave Friary doesn’t have to act the part any longer. He’s now the City of Barrie’s director of roads, parks and fleets, 18 months after he took on the role as acting director.
With the hiring the City filled a key vacancy in the operations group. A second need was met when John Thompson took on the job of director of environmental services.
A 15-year veteran with the City, Friary has a wealth of private and municipal experience, according to a press release, including “introducing increased efficiencies within the operations area from both a monetary and customer service front, working collaboratively with community stakeholder groups, and ensuring corporate assets are maintained and legislative requirements are met.”
Thompson has extensive experience that he brings to his new role. Responsible for management of water, wastewater and environmental operations, he “is playing an important role as the city moves forward with the commissioning of the new Surface Water Treatment Plant and the expansion of the Water Pollution Control Centre.”
The two directors are important members of the team implementing the needs of a growing city, says Jim Sales, general manager of community services.
“We are very pleased with the two gentlemen selected for these challenging roles. The city is seeing increased demands due to growth as well as legislative and regulatory requirements, and re-aligning these positions to address this will allow us to better fulfill service needs.”

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