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City names Michael Jack as acting chief operating officer

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Two senior Winnipeg public servants have been promoted while the city searches for a new chief administrative officer.

City solicitor Michael Jack, who heads up the city’s legal services, has been named acting chief operating officer, the second-highest-ranking position in the City of Winnipeg’s public service. City lawyer Krista Boryskavich, a former adviser to Mayor Sam Katz, has been named acting city solicitor.

Acting chief administrative officer Deepak Joshi announced both appointments to city staff via email.

Jack fills the position vacated by Joshi last fall, when council appointed him acting chief administrative officer following the resignation of Phil Sheegl. Joshi has pledged not to apply to become chief administrative officer on a permanent basis, council was told.

At a recent executive policy committee meeting, city auditor Brian Whiteside said that Winnipeg’s legal department should never have prepared the paperwork that authorized the construction of the new fire-paramedic Station No. 12 on land that the city didn’t own.

Both temporary appointments will take effect Monday, Joshi said.

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Updated on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM CST: Removes reference to an external review into the city’s fire-paramedic station replacement program.

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