Candidate: Al Bohachyk 


Running for: St. Albert Council
Years resident in community: 33 years
Neighbourhood: Lacombe Park
Age: 62
Family status: Married, 2 children, 1 grandchild
Education: Senior Police Administration, executive development
Current Occupation: Retired (Edmonton Police Service)
FaceBook: Allan Bohachyk St Albert
Twitter: @allan_bohachyk

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I have long complained about different aspects of city management in St. Albert, confirmed by other residents who shared similar opinions for solutions. A couple of years ago, I became involved in researching, presenting to and advising city council on civilian oversight of the RCMP. That concluded with a bylaw passed this year.
I have attended most of the city council meetings over the last 18 months. I witnessed many examples of business that I thought had potential for improvement.
I decided to quit complaining, and do something about the issues. That, with support from some members of city council, was my motivation.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
33 years as a resident of St. Albert
30 years of policing
Volunteer with 30 years experience in non-profit governance
Professional conduct management experience – 18 years
Retired as a senior officer, extensive experience with crisis management, human resource management, community engagement, communications management, all with a strong teamwork component. Extensive experience in non-profit governance (including contract negotiation, mediation, labour relations), volunteer experience in environmental entities.
My early problem solving skills were developed out of a need to examine a wide span of possible solutions, with goals of financial constraint, fix the problem and avoid waste.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Based on frequency, these are the issues identified by St. Albert residents in face to face visits.
Top two:
High taxes and unrealistic utility costs are negatively impacting most residents
Wasteful spending by the City must be curtailed (painted curbs, traffic circle, etc.)
Next five:
Fix St. Albert Transit
Of those who bring the subject up, 80-90% do not want a stand-alone branch library
Smooth the traffic flow on St. Albert Trail and address Ray Gibbon Drive
Inconsistent bylaw / police / photo radar enforcement
Poor planning which results in traffic bottlenecks, lack of safe cycling / walk commuting

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve?
I will work for all St. Albert residents to:
Protect and improve park space and trails.
Identify efficiencies within city management and budget process, and will work closely with the city internal auditor.
Reduce taxes and re-align utility costs to reflect reality.
Achieve full implementation of civilian oversight of police.
Reduce capital project cost overrun policy from 50 per cent to 15 per cent.
Improve city council accountability through easy web access of all motions / votes.
Ensure councillor / committee reporting policy is followed.
Improve the business / industry environment to support a fair balance of residential/business tax assessment.

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