City Manager's Office
The Chief Administrative Officer (or City Manager) is responsible for the overall administration of the City of Spruce Grove, as established by the City Manager Bylaw C-539-04. Under the terms of the Municipal Government Act, the City Manager has the statutory responsibility for providing advice and informing Council on the operations of the City, as well as ensuring the implementation of City's policies and programs.
The City Manager provides a key administrative leadership role to the organization and acts as a liaison between Council and Administration. The City Manager is responsible for the implementation of the City’s Strategic Plan and ensuring that recommendations are a reflection of the City’s Corporate Plan and are consistent with the City's Values and Guiding Principles.
Spruce Grove City Manager
Having worked in the public sector for the majority of his career, Simon Farbrother is a firm believer in the role of municipal government in building strong communities.
Farbrother joined the City of Spruce Grove as City Manager in July 2019 and is responsible for overseeing all City departments and working closely with Spruce Grove City Council to set and carry out a strategic direction for the city.
His career in municipal government started with the City of Leduc before coming to the City of Spruce Grove to serve as City Manager from 1997 to 2004. He has also been the City Manager with the City of Waterloo and the City of Edmonton before returning to Spruce Grove.
While serving in Edmonton, he personally negotiated the Ice District development and downtown arena project, and oversaw the enhancement of the City’s event strategy, bringing large-scale events such as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and ITU International Triathlon to Alberta’s capital city.
In Waterloo, Farbrother led the City to being named International Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007, and played a critical role in a partnership involving the City, University of Waterloo, Waterloo Public Library and the YMCA, which resulted in a library/YMCA facility being built on university lands.
During his previous time in Spruce Grove, Farbrother was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, which was the first and only regional recreation project to be a full partnership between a City, Town and County in Alberta. In 2001, the City was also internationally acknowledged for its corporate culture, receiving recognition from the International City/County Management Association.
Farbrother holds a Master’s Degree in Arts and Geography from the University of Alberta, studied Economics and Geography at the University of Portsmouth, and is certified as a registered professional planner. He has presented nationally and internationally on a range of municipal leadership topics, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to the municipal government profession.
Farbrother has been involved in various professional associations in the municipal planning and government sectors. This includes the International City/County Managers Association, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, the Alberta Institute of Planners, and Commonwealth Games Canada.
He has also worked in the private sector and as a teacher, and was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture magazine.