03/18/2015 01:29 EDT | Updated 05/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Experienced civil servant is Winnipeg's new head of public service

WINNIPEG - The city of Winnipeg has chosen an experienced civil servant as its new chief administrative officer.

Doug McNeil most recently served as Manitoba's deputy minister of infrastructure and transportation.

He played a major roll in the 1997 flood fight, and also worked in Winnipeg's water and waste department.

The city has been without a permanent top administrative officer since Phil Sheegl (SHEE'-guhl) resigned in October 2013 during a real estate scandal linked to the construction of several firehalls.

Acting CAO Deepak Joshi resigned in February after being suspended by Mayor Brian Bowman.

Bowman says McNeil was chosen from about 150 candidates because of his impressive resume.

“He brings a level of understanding and leadership on major infrastructure projects and that is a big part of the position – to be able to provide leadership when you’re dealing with millions and millions of dollars." Bowman said.

“He has experience, but he also has an energy and a way about him that I think will be refreshing at city hall.”

(CJOB, The Canadian Press)