TORONTO, Ont. – Mayor Rob Ford hinted Sunday on his radio show that Coun. Frank Di Giorgio is his pick to become the city’s budget chief.
Ford’s spokesperson said Monday that the York South-Weston councillor is on a short list of candidates but the job is open.
Di Giorgio is a member of both the mayor’s executive committee and the budget committee.
Speaking on his radio show, Ford said to Di Giorgio that he is “close” to nabbing the budget chief post.
According to the city’s website, Di Giorgio has a math degree from McMaster University and is also a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Business School.
Coun. Frances Nunziata said she is on board with the thought.
“I think that Coun. Di Giorgio will be a good budget chief,” she said. “I’ve worked with him for a number of years.”
“I think he understands the issues and he’s very concerned. I think it’s a great idea.”
But Coun. Paula Fletcher is not so sure.
“Never heard him talk about the budget,” she said. “He’s not been a front and central person on the budget with any ideas that I think people can remember.”
Mike Del Grande, the city’s former budget chief, resigned from the post in January.