Surrey’s new City Manager is a familiar face at city hall.
Rob Costanzo has officially replaced Vincent Lalonde in that role, following an appointment by the city council announced Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Costanzo has been Acting City Manager since August 2023, when Lalonde announced his retirement after 26 years at Surrey City Hall.
Before that, Costanzo was general manager of corporate services for six years, overseeing areas of bylaw services, human resources, information technology, legislative services and legal services. Earlier he held senior leadership roles in the city’s engineering department.
Surrey’s City Manager “directs and manages the daily administration of the City and, in this capacity, ensures the delivery of high- quality services in a timely, responsible and cost-effective manner,” according to a job description on surrey.ca.
Costanzo steps into the role “with the utmost gratitude” and thanked the city council for “this incredible opportunity,” he says in a news release from city hall.
“With my wide range of experience and extensive knowledge of the City, I look forward to working together with Council to make continued positive impacts in Surrey and pave a bright future for our citizens.”
Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke stated that Costanzo has “an impressive 30 years of dedicated service, giving him a diversity of operational knowledge and deep understanding of the City’s values, goals and priorities.”
Costanzo has played “a pivotal role in shaping Surrey’s growth and success over the years,” the mayor is quoted. “A proven leader, and is undoubtedly the right person to lead Surrey into the next chapter of our City’s evolution. Council and I look forward to working with Rob to bring Surrey to even greater heights.”
As city manager, Lalonde earned $411,198.03 in 2022, according to the City of Surrey’s financial statements.