Vince LaLonde is Surrey's new city manager.

Vince Lalonde chosen as new Surrey city manager

Current general manager of engineering takes over municipality's top post on Feb. 1, 2014.

Surrey has found a new city manager.

General Manager of Engineering Vincent Lalonde has been named to the top position of Surrey city manager.

It comes after outgoing city manager Murray Dinwoodie announced his retirement in August.

Dinwoodie had been doing the job since 2007. At 58, he said he felt it was time to spend more time with his family.

Watts described Dinwoodie as a phenomenal leader and said that’s what the city would be looking for in a replacement.

The mayor said Wednesday that’s what it got in Lalonde.

“Vince has been with the city a very long time, he’s got excellent leadership skills and the ability to really problem solve and bring people together,” Watts said.

Lalonde has been the general manager of engineering for the last five years. Prior to that, he was manager of drainage and utilities with the City of Surrey.

Lalonde begins the new position Feb. 1, 2014.

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