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Mayor Linda Hepner’s Final State of the City Address

Mayor Linda Hepner’s Final State of the City Address

September 19, 2018

Surrey, BC – In her final State of the City address, Mayor Linda Hepner reflected on the immense changes in Surrey and how the next civic leaders can work together to continue the momentum that is propelling Surrey forward.

Linda Hepner has devoted 33 years to the City of Surrey where she worked as a city staff member for more than twenty years before serving three terms as a City Councillor and the past four years as Mayor. In her time with the city the changes in Surrey have been substantial. 33 years ago Surrey’s population was at 150,000, today it’s nearing 550,000. Surrey, itself, was not incorporated as a city until 25 years ago.

“For 33 years, I chose to make this city a priority in my life and I was honoured to do so,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “It’s fair to say that Surrey has matured and undergone tremendous change in the last 33 years. As I leave public office I can sincerely say that while much has been accomplished, there are still many great things in store for the city I love and call home.”

Under Mayor Hepner’s tenure, Surrey secured its first major mass rapid transit infrastructure investment in 25 years. The Surrey Newton Guildford Light Rail Transit Line is fully funded by all levels of government with the procurement process now officially underway. When completed, more than 45,000 people will be making use of the service on opening day.

For the first time in decades, a solution was found on 135A Street as more than 200 homeless people were provided the opportunity for housing this past spring. In light of this success and to continue to build on Surrey’s housing strategy, Mayor Hepner announced the creation of a new position, Director of Housing.

The single largest investment in the history of Surrey was made in the police force with the hiring of 134 new RCMP officers and a Public Safety Director.

The introduction of the MySurrey Account that will allow for a single digital identity to access online city services and enable real-time two-way interactions between city staff and our customers. 

The launch of Surrey City Lab, a three year partnership with KPU and SFU that will engage the region’s top post-secondary students in real world issues affecting Surrey.

“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner.  “To the future elected officials of Surrey I leave this parting advice, be good to this City because it is headed for greatness.”

The full State of the City Address can be viewed here.


Media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey