The City of Mississauga has selected Shari Lichterman as its new Corporate Services Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer effective June 16, 2021, following internal and external research. Lichterman has served as the City’s Community Services Commissioner since May 2020. She replaces Gary Kent, who recently left the City for a position in the Region of Peel.
“I am happy to welcome Shari to his new role,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Administrative Director. “Shari has a proven track record in the city, having helped integrate Tourism Mississauga and the Living Arts Center while overseeing a diverse portfolio of programs and services. She has led community services throughout the final year of the COVID-19 pandemic and is well positioned to guide the corporate services department in supporting the city’s efforts to build back better. Shari brings to this role his financial and political acumen and results-oriented approach, along with his commitment to providing exceptional customer service and talent development, as well as his strong leadership skills.
In his role as Commissioner, Lichterman will report to the City Manager and oversee the following divisions: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Strategic Communications, Revenue and Materiel Management, Legislative Services / City Clerk’s Office and Facilities Management and goods. These business lines provide services to residents and provide essential support functions to other City divisions and departments. Lichterman will also serve as the company’s chief financial officer. Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forests and Environment, will assume the role of Interim Commissioner, Community Services in the interim. An internal and external search for the permanent position of Commissioner, Community Services will begin after Labor Day.
“I am delighted to take this step in my career with the City of Mississauga and I am committed to continuing to provide residents and our businesses with excellent customer service and access to important city services and resources.” Lichterman said. “In my new role, I look forward to working with all of the City’s Corporate Services staff and management team and continuing to work closely with the Mayor and Council.
In his most recent role as Community Services Commissioner, Lichterman managed a portfolio that included recreation, parks, forestry and the environment, fire and emergency services, culture, library and tourism. Previously, she served as the City’s Recreation Director for five years, leading a number of strategic plans and major projects. Prior to joining the City of Mississauga, Lichterman was Vice President of Eastern Operations at Canlan Sports and also spent a decade as a co-owner of a consulting and management company providing services in Canada and in the USA.
Lichterman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University as well as Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University and has served on the Board of Directors of Parks and Recreation Ontario for the past three years.
Lichterman is a proud resident of Mississauga where she lives with her husband and two children.
Community Services Commissioner Shari Lichterman will become General Services Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer on June 16, 2021.
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