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A senior civic official is leaving his job to work in the private sector.
Luis Escobar, manager of transportation in the public works department, has tendered his resignation. Escobar, who has worked for the City of Winnipeg for 18 years, told the Free Press he has taken a position with the consulting engineering firm Stantec.
Escobar said he gave his notice at the end of August and will be leaving at the end of October.
"For me personally, this was the right time to take a step in a new direction and I'm looking forward to this next challenge," Escobar told the Free Press. "I have enjoyed my time with the city over the last 18 years, as I have had the opportunity to work in various capacities and on a number of exciting and challenging projects."
Escobar had been manager of transportation since November 2009. He had started with the city in 1999 as a traffic studies engineer.
Escobar’s departure will be second major change to the public works department this year. Lester Deane, the department’s director, left city hall abruptly in May.
No explanation has been given for Deane’s departure.
Deane had been with the city since 2003 and took over the top post in September 2015, on an acting basis, after the sudden resignation of Brad Sacher. Deane was officially given the post in January 2016.
Running the public works department on an interim basis has been left to Jim Berezowsky, currently the public works manager of street maintenance.
Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.