New Westminster city administrator Paul Daminato to retire
After 31 years rising through the ranks in New Westminster, city administrator Paul Daminato has decided to retire.
By the time he leaves city hall in January he will have spent a decade in his present position. Daminato said he has been involved in municipal work, either part-time or full-time, for about 45 years. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, the Ontario native worked in Kitchener and then Yellowknife, N.W.T., before finding his way to New West to become manager of Moody Park Arena.
He was named parks and recreation department head when Ken Winslade became city administrator and then later succeeded Winslade starting in February 2003.
"It's just been a fabulous experience for me to be able to advance my career here over all those years. I'm very grateful to the citizens of New Westminster. It's been a wonderful experience to work in this community," said Daminato.
His ascension to the city's top bureaucratic position coincided with the arrival of Wayne Wright as mayor.
"He's a terrific fellow, a mainstay for me, a partner for me. I couldn't have asked for a better person," said Wright. "We came in together, and I'm hoping it doesn't mean I'll be leaving with him."
Wright said even during dire circumstances Daminato wouldn't wince, and was wise enough to look at issues twice.
"He's a steady type of guy you want next to you when you have a problem. I have a lot of respect for him," said Wright.
Wright said Daminato's decision surprised him but he understood. "I wish him all the best."
Daminato said it was time for a change and that he's looking forward to not only spending time with family and traveling, but pursuing his many interests, including music and triathlon racing.