Ken MacKay vying for a council seat

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A retired police officer has entered the race for St. Albert city council.

Ken MacKay, who is no relation to Councillor Cam MacKay, has announced he is running in the municipal election.

The former cop said he has spent a lot of time working on boards, task forces and committees in the community and now he wants to bring his senior leadership experience to city council.

“I’ve got a really good understanding of some of the issues and some of the challenges in our community. Moving over to becoming a city councillor is just a really good extension of that,” MacKay said.

The Pineview resident has worked on many community groups including the compensation review committee for city administration and the 2011 city council remuneration committee. He also chaired the citizens’ task force for Servus Place. He is now chair of the community service advisory board.

The 61-year-old retired from the Edmonton Police Service after 33 years. He reached the rank of superintendent. While working on youth programming with the police MacKay developed a passion for working with youth and helping them through their challenges. He now works for the office of the child and youth advocate as an investigator responsible for looking into systemic issues that arise when children who are in care suffer from serious injury or death.

The father of one, who has lived in the city for 29 years, wants to bring his personal values of respect, integrity, teamwork and innovation to city council.

“I really want to see St. Albert be that regional model of innovation – a sustainable vibrant community that engages all citizens but does have an accountable civic government,” MacKay said.

MacKay said that he would like to see the city invest in preserving and expanding the community and city programs as well as have well-planned neighbourhoods while being fiscally accountable.

MacKay will be running for one of six seats on city council. Other candidates who are also running are Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon, Al Bohachyk, Wes Brodhead, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Jacquie Hansen, Natalie Joly, Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene, Hannes Rudolph, Bob Russell and Jaye Walter.

Current councillors Cathy Heron and Cam MacKay have launched campaigns to run for mayor.

Nomination day is Sept. 18 and the election will be held on Oct. 16.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.