John Elvidge appointed City of Toronto’s new City Clerk

John Elvidge

Today, City Council unanimously approved the appointment of John Elvidge as the City of Toronto’s City Clerk, effective Friday, April 9.

Elvidge assumed the role of Interim City Clerk in October 2020 and, following a comprehensive recruitment process, has been selected to fill the position of City Clerk, reporting to Council.

Over the past six months, Elvidge has shown tremendous leadership throughout the COVID-19 response. He and his team have led the continued delivery of virtual Council and committee meetings and the successful Scarborough-Agincourt by-election in January.

Elvidge is a long-serving member of the Toronto Public Service, having joined the City of Toronto in 1990. Since that time, he has held several roles including Cultural Affairs Officer and Manager, Corporate Policy, before being appointed Deputy City Clerk, Secretariat in 2007.

With a degree in Canadian Public Policy & Administration, Elvidge has held positions on the Executive Committee of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is an active member and contributor to the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario.

As City Clerk, Elvidge will continue the mission of the City Clerk’s Office to build public trust and confidence in local government, supporting effective governance by facilitating City Council’s decision-making processes, and promoting stewardship of corporate information in an impartial and accessible manner.


“On behalf of City Council, I want to congratulate John Elvidge on his appointment as Toronto’s new City Clerk. He and his team have done an excellent job ensuring City Council can continue to meet and make decisions during this unprecedented time. We trust he will continue to do a tremendous job through the end of this pandemic and beyond.”
– Mayor John Tory

“Throughout his career, John has shown true leadership, resilience and fortitude. With an openness to innovation and an encyclopaedic knowledge of governance, I am confident John will continue to make an impact on members of Council, the Toronto Public Service and Toronto residents.”
– Chris Murray, City Manager

“I would like to thank Council for its confidence as I continue in this role and work alongside this incredible team in the City Clerk’s Office. I am excited to continue my duties serving Council and our city.”
– John D. Elvidge, City Clerk

SOURCE  City of Toronto

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