Coun. Prowes becomes CEO Prowse

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Michael Prowse is set to become Barrie’s next chief administrative officer (CAO), effective July 1.
Prowse has 21 years of management experience in the private sector, leading to his current role as an executive with G&K Services Canada Inc., overseeing eight corporate facilities and more than 350 personnel, with direct responsibility for strategic planning and all operational matters from staffing to health and safety.
In 2016 and again in 2017, he was recognized by G&K as the top general manager in North America; in part for driving innovative improvements to service and reducing staff turnover. His more than two decades of experience spans HR, corporate infrastructure, project management, labour relations, and budgets.
“Michael brings a commitment to innovation, city-building, and the strategic direction of council to the role of CAO,” Mayor Jeff Lehman says.
“His blend of executive management experience in the private sector, commitment to building and supporting strong staff teams, and his love for Barrie will serve our community well as we continue with the excellent work underway by our executive management team to make the City of Barrie a leading municipality.”
Prowse served residents of Ward 6 as city councillor for more than 13 years.
“I have called Barrie home for more than two decades and I am passionate about the city,” he says. “Barrie is becoming one of Canada’s top cities and I am happy to be part of its next phase of growth. I am excited to get to work with the exceptional team of staff to deliver on council’s vision for our city.”
He took a leave of absence from Council to pursue the role of CAO. He has resigned as councillor, and his seat will be declared vacant.