A veteran administrator in municipal government has been appointed as general manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

L. J. (Lew) Holloway, the chief administrative officer for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for the past 17 years, will assume his new duties with the bridge commission Jan. 19.

He succeeds Thomas E. Garlock of Lockport, who held the post for eight years before suddenly resigning in July.

A bridge spokesman said Tuesday that an international executive recruitment firm had recommended Holloway among more than 70 applicants from the U.S. and Canada.

Janice A. Thomson, who chairs the bridge agency, said, “Taking into account the needs of various stakeholder groups and communicating with government representatives is one of the most critical roles of this position. We are delighted to have attracted such a capable administrator.”

Before his work in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Holloway served seven years as the chief administrative officer in Gander, Newfoundland.

Thomson noted that Holloway had gained a vast understanding and experience of advanced management practices in model governance principles, change management, information technology and government relations in a bi-national setting.

The bridge commission owns and operates the Rainbow, Lewiston-Queenston and Whirlpool Rapids bridges. Self-supported through tolls and tenant leases, it is under the direction of an eight-member board comprised of four appointed by the New York governor and four by the Ontario premier.

In addition to Ms. Thomson, the present board includes Norma Higgs, vice chairperson; Patrick D. Brown, Niagara Falls, treasurer; Kenneth Loucks, Sauble Beach, Ontario, secretary; Thomas Pryce, Youngstown; Michael Goodale, St. Catharines, Ontario and Linda DiPasquale, Buffalo.

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