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Two people who worked for former mayor Sam Katz will work for Winnipeg’s new mayor.

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Two people who worked for former mayor Sam Katz will work for Winnipeg’s new mayor.

Scott Gillingham, who was voted in as the city’s 44th mayor last week — and will be sworn in on Tuesday — has picked former civic bureaucrat Destiny Watt as his chief of staff.

Watt was the manager of corporate initiatives and administration in the office of the city chief administrative officer, and before that served as a policy analyst for Katz, as well as a committee clerk and a ward assistant for former councillor Scott Fielding, who later became a Tory MLA and finance minister.

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Luc Lewandoski, former ward assistant and, most recently, special assistant to the provincial ministers of finance and families, will be Gillingham’s deputy chief of staff.

In addition, Brian Kelcey, a public policy consultant and former adviser to Katz, has been hired to work on strategic initiatives.

Rounding off the office, Luc Lewandoski, Gillingham’s former ward assistant and, most recently, special assistant to the provincial ministers of finance and families, will be his deputy chief of staff; Colin Fast will be communications director; Christy Lakie, who was Gillingham’s most recent ward assistant, will be his executive assistant; while Jeannine Stotski, will continue the community and stakeholder engagement role she has done during both Katz and Brian Bowman’s terms.

Gillingham also has appointed Prime Meridian Consulting president Alex Robinson, lawyer Brad Zander, and Waverley West Coun. Janice Lukes to his transition team.

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