The former CAO of the City of Kingston, Gerard Hunt, has passed away after a battle with illness that caused him to step down from the position in July of 2019.
Hunt had served as the City CAO for 10 years prior to stepping down, providing “excellent leadership” and “valuable support and guidance to four different Councils” Mayor Bryan Paterson said when Hunt stepped down. Today, Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020, Mayor Paterson offered some words of reflection after Hunt’s passing.
“I was very sad to learn the news of Gerard’s passing. He was not only a colleague for many years, he was a friend. Gerard’s leadership and dedication, his quick willingness to champion and embrace innovation, and his sage advice helped position Kingston as the incredible city it is today,” Paterson said. “Gerard leaves behind a tremendous legacy. I know he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, Council, his City of Kingston colleagues, and by countless others across the community.”
“The City benefited greatly from his many contributions, visionary leadership and strong values,” Hurdle said after Hunt’s passing. “The significant growth the City has seen under Gerard’s leadership, have been the groundwork for many of the initiatives and municipal services we see today – a true testament to his great leadership.”