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City names Ian Wood as interim replacement for Catherine Matheson

Current director of economic development will take over responsibility for overseeing big projects until permanent replacement found
Ian Wood will assume the position of Interim GM of community development and take the lead for the city’s Large Projects. Wood is the city’s director of economic development. (Supplied)

Ian Wood, the city's director of economic development, will take over for departing GM Catherine Matheson, who is leaving for a job in Peel Region.

Wood will become interim GM of community development and executive lead for the city’s large projects, Greater Sudbury said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. Those include includes the Junction, Place des Arts, and the Kingsway Entertainment District. Wood is currently director of economic development.

Wood's portfolio now includes transit, housing, social services, long-term care, leisure services, and children and citizen services.

He has held various positions with the municipality over the years, the release said, including with the former Town of Walden. He has held his current position as director of economic development since 2011. He is the current chair of the audit committee at Laurentian University, where he has sat on the board of directors since 2009. He is also a founding member of Destination Northern Ontario.

Wood will maintain the interim position until a permanent replacement is recruited.

Matheson is resigning from the city to take a position with the Region of Peel as Commissioner of Corporate Services. She will begin in her new role on Dec. 3.

Mayor Brian Bigger issued the following statement, thanking Matheson for her service.

"On behalf of city council, I would like to sincerely thank Catherine Matheson for her outstanding service to our community and to the City of Greater Sudbury. She will be missed tremendously," he said. "It has been an absolute pleasure being able to work with Catherine whose experience, expertise, professionalism and leadership skills have been instrumental in the success of this organization."