Council wishes City Manager well with new venture

City Manager Annette Antoniak has announced she will be leaving the City of Penticton later this month to pursue an exciting new opportunity.

“We are extremely sad to see Annette go. She has been instrumental to the realization of Penticton's vision, propelling the organization to new heights with her innovative and entrepreneurial approach. Her focus on solutions and engagement has achieved tangible results benefitting Penticton and communities across Okanagan Valley,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “She will be missed, and Council wishes her all the best in her new endeavour.”

Antoniak joined the City of Penticton in 2010, bringing a wealth of leadership experience to the municipality. She was provided the difficult task of organizational change at the beginning of her tenure, implementing the core review. Her key achievements include bringing stakeholders together for dialogue that ultimately articulated the community's vision, assisting Council with defining strategic priorities flowing from this vision and moving forward with the first downtown revitalization and waterfront enhancement projects to be successfully undertaken in the City for over 30 years.

“The organization has evolved greatly in the five years that I have been here, and I think that is a testament to the positive, service-oriented attitude reflected in the organization,” said Annette Antoniak, City Manager. “I am incredibly proud of the City of Penticton team, and how dedicated they are to serving our customers and bettering our community. I will miss many things about Penticton, but I will miss the incredible staff the most.”

Her final day with the City of Penticton is scheduled for Feb. 16. She leaves Penticton to take on a CEO position of a corporation, which will be announced at a later date.

In the meantime, Antoniak will assist Council articulate a transition roadmap for the coming months. Chuck Loewen will take on the Acting City Manager position upon her departure to ensure continuity at the municipality.

“We will be conducting an extensive search to find the next Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Penticton, as they will be tasked with making the next phase of our community's vision a reality,” said Jakubeit.