Judy Rogers

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Judy Rogers was the city manager for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1] from 1999–2008 and served as a member of the board of directors of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.[2] She was the first female city manager of Vancouver.[3]


Rogers is a native of Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada.[4] She is one of three children.[5] Roger's father, Bill Graham, worked in a zinc and lead mine as did Roger's Scottish born grandfather.[5] Roger's mother, Mary, was a teacher.[5] Rogers graduated from Selkirk Secondary in 1967 and went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in community recreation.[5] Later she received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.[5]

Vancouver, British Columbia City Manager[edit]

Rogers worked for the city of Vancouver for 25 years, spending 10 years in the role of city manager.[1] She became assistant city manager in 1994, and deputy city manager in 1996.[5] She started the role of city manager on New Year's Day in 1999.[5] In 2008, within one week of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson taking office, Rogers was dismissed by Robertson to be replaced by Penny Ballem as head of Vancouver's civil administration,[6] to provide a "fresh start" for Robertson's agenda.[6][7][8] Rogers received $572,000 severance in the transition.[9]


Rogers was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network for five straight years (2003–2007).[3] She is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governour's Medal for Excellence in Public Service in BC, as well as two United Nations public service awards.[10]


Rogers and her partner Grant Close, former Translink human-relations director,[5] live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4] Rogers has two children, from a previous marriage,[5] and two grandchildren.[4]