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Another senior city official quits under Ford

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For the second time in as many days, Toronto city hall is losing one of its top civil servants, The Globe has learned.

Deputy city manager Richard Butts is leaving the city's public service to become the chief administrative officer of Halifax Regional Municipality, effective March 25, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the mayor, councillors and senior staff.

"Richard's achievements are most significantly demonstrated through the accomplishments related to capital infrastructure renewal, waterfront redevelopment and our city's leading environmental issues," City manager Joe Pennachetti wrote in the memo.

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As one of three deputy city managers, Mr. Butts was one of the most senior mandarins at city hall. Only Mr. Pennachetti is more senior.

Mr. Pennachetti announced Monday that Sue Corke, another deputy city manager, is leaving March 11. He said there was a "mutual" agreement that Ms. Corke would leave, but the memo about her departure did not say whether or not she left voluntarily or what she would do next.

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