A retired police officer has his eye on a St. Albert city council seat.
Al Bohachyk retired from the Edmonton Police Service 10 years ago after serving for 30 years and now wants to get involved in municipal politics.
The 62-year-old father and grandparent spent 30 years on the force and worked his way up to inspector. He also served as the president of the Edmonton Police Association and president of the Alberta Federation of Police Associations.
“All of those tasks and responsibilities gave me experience in governance, how to deal with people – cooperative and uncooperative. It gave me the skills to deal with conflict resolution,” Bohachyk said.
Bohachyk, who has lived in St. Albert for 33 years, first became interested in St. Albert municipal politics when he wanted to help change how the St. Albert RCMP was being managed by the city. Along with some other retired police officers, Bohachyk started to push for a policing committee in the city.
While advocating for the committee, Bohachyk said he attended many city council meetings. While he was there he saw that there might be opportunities for changes in how city hall is managed and how city council is run. He hopes to bring better communication and transparency to city hall.
Bohachyk said that he would like to find opportunities for efficiency in the city through smart management. He said that the city doesn’t need to go into debt to maintain and improve services.
“My vision is to have a St. Albert that is as good as it can be without imposing a huge debt load on our children and grandchildren. We don’t know what they are going to be facing and to put the added responsibility of debt on their shoulders would be unfair and frankly I think it is unnecessary,” Bohachyk said.
Bohachyk is one of eight candidates who have announced their intention to run for council. The others are Natalie Joly, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Hannes Rudolph, Jaye Walter and incumbent councillors Bob Russell and Wes Brodhead.
Councillors Cam MacKay and Cathy Heron have launched campaigns to run for mayor.
Nomination day is Sept. 18 and the election will be held on Oct. 16.