New City Manager brings local expertise to Burlington’s decision-making process


Published February 16, 2024 at 12:02 pm

Hassaan Basit has been named City Manager of Burlington.

Burlington has a new chief of staff.

Today the City named Hassaan Basit to the position of City Manager starting in April.

He replaces Tim Commisso who announced last fall that he was leaving the post he has held since 2019.

Basit arrives after serving as chief executive officer of Conservation Halton where he oversaw all aspects of the operation which includes flood management, environmental restoration and forest management, climate change adaptation, and program delivery.

“We are in a time of change and transition at the City of Burlington as we face the challenges of growth and plan for our future. I know that Mr. Basit will hit the ground running to serve our residents and businesses and ensure Burlington remains the destination of choice for people to live, visit and do business,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward upon making the announcement. “We strive to deliver services in the most compassionate and effective way, and Mr. Basit will help get us there.”

In an official release, the City said Basit’s experience in dealing with all levels of government will be a valuable asset as is his track record on holding the line on spending.

The search for the new City Manager began in October with the participation of City council, City staff and was led by an external search firm.

Basit will now work with Commisso for a seamless transition of duties.

He said he is excited to get to work and collaborate with the decision-making team in place in Burlington.

“What drew me to this opportunity is Burlington’s commitment to a forward-thinking strategy, dedicated to fostering sustainable growth and preserving the intrinsic charm of our city and its diverse neighbourhoods,” Basit said.



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