The Town of Newmarket’s chief administrative officer is leaving his role July 19 to become president and CEO of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC).
Jag Sharma joined the town two years ago to replace longtime CAO Bob Shelton in 2019, the municipality announced today, June 22.
“My time with the Town of Newmarket has truly been well beyond the ordinary,” Sharma said. “I will greatly miss working with this forward-thinking council, my hard-working colleagues, and the overall strong corporate culture of the Newmarket team.”
His accomplishments include helping to create council's strategic priorities, the master plan for the Mulock property as well as diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, according to the news release.
“I would like to sincerely thank Jag for his many contributions to the Town of Newmarket, particularly his strong leadership over the past 18 months as we dealt with extreme challenges as a result of COVID-19,” Mayor John Taylor said.
Sharma will join the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, which provides affordable housing in the city.
"Jag Sharma is a passionate and strategic leader with proven success in driving customer service excellence,” corporation board chair Tim Murphy said in a news release. “His leadership experience in equity, diversity, and inclusion, and in addressing anti-Black racism, will be invaluable as we implement the TCHC Confronting Anti-Black Racism Strategy."
“As a mayor and chair of Housing York, and a person who is deeply committed to meeting the challenges of housing affordability, I know that Jag will make an incredible contribution to TCHC and the housing affordability challenge we all face across the province,” Taylor said.
The town will immediately begin working on recruiting a new CAO.