City Manager Bio
The City of Red Deer
P.O. Box 5008
Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4
Craig Curtis - Biography
Craig Curtis was born in London, England. In the early 1970’s, Craig received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and shortly thereafter completed his Master of City Planning and Urban Design. After working on a variety of architectural and planning projects in both the private sector and local government, Craig immigrated to Canada to take a position with the City of Red Deer. After several years as planning manager for the Red Deer Regional Planning Commission, Craig became the Director of Community Services with the City of Red Deer. In that position he was responsible for the coordination and management of the City’s Recreation and Culture, Parks, Transit and Social Planning Departments with an annual budget of over $14 million. He acted as a resource and liaison for a variety of advisory and management boards and societies involved in the delivery of community services.
In 1995 Craig took a position as City Manager for the City of Owen Sound, Ontario. There he oversaw administration for the municipality, managing seven departments and covering a full range of municipal services, with a staff of 450 employees and an annual budget of approximately $35 million. Under Craig’s leadership the City of Owen Sound Craig received multiple awards, including Communities in Bloom, Cultural and Environmental awards and an award for national work and well-being.
In 2007, The City of Red Deer successfully attracted Craig to return as City Manager, the position he currently holds. Craig is responsible for managing and coordinating 18 departments, providing a full range of municipal services with a staff of 1,200 employees and an annual budget of approximately $700 million. Under Craig’s capable management, Red Deer has experienced solid growth, undertaken a significant annexation, begun to lay the foundations for a ring road and created an attractive environment for commerce and industry. Downtown revitalization, new, award-winning LEED certified civic yards, a meaningful poverty reduction strategy and an intensive homelessness eradication program culminated in a 2012 MoneySense Magazine award, naming the City one of “Ten Best Places to Live”. Additionally the City has received awards for innovative licensing bylaws, its Greater Downtown Action Plan and its Environmental Master Plan. Craig himself has also been recognized in Alberta Venture Magazine, listed among Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2012.
Craig has served on the boards of many organizations purposed around the arts, culture, multiculturalism and heritage.
Craig is married to Christine, and together they have three sons and one daughter. Craig’s leisure interests include travel, reading, theatre and movies. Craig is involved in many aspects of community service and was the campaign Co-Chair for United Way for 2015 and 2016.