City of St. Thomas Announces New City Manager

Following a comprehensive recruitment process, Mayor Joe Preston and the members of the Council of the City of St. Thomas are very pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Bradley as the new City Manager. 
With 25 years of leadership experience in both the municipal and broader public service sectors, Mr. Bradley joins St. Thomas from the City of Brantford where he is currently the Commissioner of Community Development. Previously, Michael oversaw key administrative responsibilities at the County of Brant, holding several progressively responsible roles for 11 years including serving as the County’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) from 2018 to 2023.  

While at Brant County, Mr. Bradley led the effective creation of the Brant 403 Business Park, ensuring the successful development of over 3 million square feet of industrial development capacity. He also initiated, developed, and oversaw all activities of the “Brant Municipal Enterprises Inc”, an award-winning municipal services corporation. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Brock University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor, and is very active in his community, volunteering his time with several community agencies.

Mayor Joe Preston stated, “We are excited to welcome Michael to our community, which is poised for continuous significant growth and a certain Brighter Future!  His extraordinary public sector leadership experience and extensive background in supporting significant activities that enhance economic and community development will be of great benefit to the City.”  

“St. Thomas is a community with a historic past and an amazing future, and significant opportunity for growth and development. I am pleased to join the City and work with the Mayor and City Council, City staff and all community members. I look forward to delivering on the City’s priorities to ensure continued opportunity for St. Thomas, the Elgin County community, and the broader region,” said Mr. Bradley. 

Mr. Bradley will begin this important role on May 15, 2024.

Media Contact: Mayor Joe Preston [email protected] 

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