Submitted Media Release
Following 32 years in public service, the City of Brantford’s General Manager of Public Works, Beth Goodger announced her retirement effective August 31, 2019.
In her long and successful career, Beth has held a variety of senior positions with the City of Hamilton including Manager of Facilities and Planning, Senior Director, Operations & Waste Management and Director of Corporate Initiatives. Prior to joining the City of Brantford in 2015, Beth served as General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services Division for the City of Toronto.
Widely recognized as an expert in the field of Public Works, Beth has authored a series of articles published in the Journal of Public Works & Infrastructure as well as Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine. A prolific and sought out speaker on the subject of waste management, she has presented at numerous conferences including the Solid Waste Association of North America Annual Senior Executive Seminar, the McMaster Engineering Alumni Environmental Speakers Session and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference.
During her tenure with the City, Beth has led the development and implementation of numerous policies and process improvements that form a strong foundation from which the Public Works Commission can build from, most notably the implementation of a Wastewater Allocation Policy as well as the Commission’s Asset Management plan and the City’s Accommodation Strategy which encompasses the transition to the City’s new City Hall later next year. Beth also played a key role in ensuring plans to provide services for new residents were in place during the City’s boundary adjustment in 2017 whereby new lands were transferred from the County into the City.
Beth commended her colleagues saying, “It was a very difficult decision to make as there are so many exciting initiatives underway at the City and for the Public Works Commission. The Public Works Team is a talented and dedicated group of individuals committed to serving the community. I am very proud of our accomplishments that we have achieved together since I joined the City in 2015.”
Upon Beth’s retirement, Geoff Linschoten, the City’s Director of Facilities and Asset Management will assume the role of Acting General Manager, Public Works. Geoff has been in his current role since he began with the City in 2012. Prior to joining the City, Geoff spent over 6 years as the Municipal Asset Management Lead and Senior Project Director in the private sector, a role he held after a 17 year position at the Region of Halton.
The City of Brantford extends our sincere thanks and congratulations to Beth for her outstanding contribution to public service, and her exemplary leadership of the City’s Public Works Commission.