The city has appointed Chief Financial Officer Eric Sawyer as interim City Manager to replace outgoing manager Owen Tobert until a permanent candidate is chosen.

“As CFO, Eric Sawyer is a natural choice for Council due to his familiarity with The City of Calgary, its operations and staff,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Eric’s strong understanding of The City’s finances will ensure good stewardship of Administration as it continues its four-year budget and business planning process – Action Plan ’15-’18.”

Sawyer will take over at noon on January 30 which will coincide with Tobert’s retirement after 32 years in public service.

The city says that Sawyer already works with other members of the Administrative Leadership Team and his appointment will ensure continuity for the city as it searches for a permanent replacement.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenges presented to me and will work with my colleagues across The City of Calgary to meet the expectations of Council in the delivery of quality public service,” said Sawyer in a release.

Beng Koay, the City Treasurer, will become Acting CFO during Sawyer’s reassignment.

The city says the interview process for a permanent City Manager will be completed soon and it is expected that the sub-committee will present its recommendations to council in February.