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Portrait of Former Mayor Sam Katz Revealed at City Hall

November 16, 2016 2:01 PM | News

Sam Katz - Winnipeg Goldeyes

Winnipeg Goldeyes owner and former Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz holds his son, Aidan, at Shaw Park in this September 2016 file photo. (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Former Mayor Sam Katz returned to City Hall on Wednesday.

Katz was the guest of honour for a portrait revealed to recognize his contributions to municipal government from 2004-2014.

Portraits of Winnipeg’s former mayors hang on the walls in the city council chambers.

Mayor Brian Bowman highlighted some of Katz’s accomplishments during his tenure, making mention of community centres, Central Park revitalization, dedicated infrastructure funding, and the 311 call centre.

The Katz administration was dogged by scandal in the latter years of his time as mayor, with several real estate audits, a fire hall built on land the city didn’t own, and an RCMP investigation into the new Winnipeg police headquarters building downtown.

Also on Wednesday, city council voted to rename the Administration Building at 510 Main Street after former mayor Susan Thompson.