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City of Richmond appoints new leader

Deputy CAO Serena Lusk will take over from the retiring George Duncan in July
Serena Lusk is being promoted to the City of Richmond's top management role

The City of Richmond has appointed a new administration leader.

Serena Lusk, who has been the city’s deputy chief administrative officer (CAO) since 2020, will take over from the retiring George Duncan in July.

The city said it searched the country for Duncan’s replacement, but ended up promoting from within with Lusk, who joined the city in 2005 and progressed through the organization within the Community Services Division.

She joined the city’s senior management team as general manager of Community Services in 2017 before taking on some more duties as the deputy CAO three years later.

Replacing George Duncan after more than 30 years

Lusk will be replacing Duncan from July 1, after he announced his retirement after more than 30 years of service.

“I am proud to live in Richmond and, together with my husband Barry, raise our children here and be able to experience, first-hand, the engaged and diverse community,” she said.

“I look forward to serving the City and its residents in my new role as Chief Administrative Officer and am committed to ensuring the advancement of Council and community priorities for years to come.”

After an “extensive search across Canada,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Lusk was the “best candidate for this important role is within our existing Senior Management Team.

“Not only does this demonstrate the strength of leadership within the City but shows the importance of succession planning and Council’s commitment to recognizing and supporting the expertise and experience among City employees.”

Brodie said Lusk’s “exemplary leadership skills, vision and experience set her apart from other candidates.

“We are delighted that she will be leading the organization to address important Council priorities and continue our commitment to make Richmond a strong, safe and resilient community.”