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Two new hires at city hall

Acting bus boss now permanent
Phil Meagher, who has been acting general manager of Guelph Transit since early August, has been appointed to the role permanently.
“Phil’s skills and abilities have resulted in positive change visible to those that work closely with Transit,” the city’s executive director of operations, transit and emergency services, Derek McCaughan said in a news release. “His customer-first focus has resulted in improvements in system performance and customer service to our ridership.”
Meagher’s transit management experience includes roles with the Toronto Transit Commission, the Oshawa Transit Commission and the Niagara Parks Commission.

City finds new top engineer
A woman who has been the director of engineering services in Cambridge since 2011 has been hired for the top engineering job at the City of Guelph.
Kealy Dedman will start on Jan. 6 as Guelph’s city engineer and its general manager of engineering services. She replaces Richard Henry, who died of a sudden heart attack last July.
Dedman has a Bachelor of Science Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University, and she recently earned a Masters of Public Administration at Western University, a city hall news release said. Before her current job in Cambridge, she filled a variety of engineering roles with the City of Mississauga. Before that, she was a water resource engineer in the private sector and also a watershed engineer with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
Dedman is past president of the Ontario Public Works Association and is currently on the board of directors of the Canadian Public Works Association.

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