A city manager oversees all administrative duties necessary for a city to operate, and is hired by city council to supervise city departments (department heads report to them), monitor the city budget and make sure finances are in order, implement city policies, and represent the municipality in a variety of ways, including an advisory role to the council and mayor. 

For the last 29 years, Neil Martin has been the manager of the city of St. John’s, but a press release issued today revealed his years-long battle with cancer and his decision to resign.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my working experience at the City and I am proud of what Councillors and staff have accomplished together in my tenure as City Manager. I now look forward to spending more time with my wife and family at our cottage. I thank everyone for their kind support and for respecting my desire for privacy at this time.”

According to the press release “recruitment of a new City Manager will begin immediately,” as Martin’s last day will be March 31st.