Running for: Sturgeon County Councillor
Years resident in community: 11
Family status: Married
Education: Post Secondary – certificates in computer technology, municipal management and leadership, financial management and performance management and leadership
Occupation: General manager / CEO
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I am passionate about the county and the opportunities I see for it now and in the future. I felt I could contribute balanced decision making for a progressive and effective council. Having both municipal and business knowledge provides me with the skills and experience for solid county council decision making that is in alignment with operational capabilities and governance requirements.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I have both municipal and private sector experience and knowledge. I’ve worked in investment development with Nova Gas Transmission, TransCanada Pipelines and Enmax. Currently, I’m the general manager of North Parkland Power REA and CEO of Alberta Cooperative Energy. I maintain an in-depth knowledge of municipal affairs. I served as the CAO for the municipality of Bon Accord for over seven years in addition to three years as utilities director for Thorhild County. I have cultivated an extensive understanding of municipal operations and governance, and a strong knowledge of the Alberta Municipal Government Act and associated regulations.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Road maintenance and rehabilitation standards are definitely number one on the list, given that there are 185 km of secondary and 1,776 km of local roads within the county. Other areas of concern relate to drainage, vegetation management, internet access, the need for a County Campus and the level of investment/contribution in recreation. While most are satisfied with investment made in the industrial sector (servicing of lands and new development) new tax revenues should be re-invested in the infrastructure – primarily roads. Prioritization of needs and appropriate allocation of tax dollars is key to Sturgeon’s success.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
As Division 5 councillor, I will champion cost effective and reliable services, community engagement in policy and bylaw development, enhanced road rehabilitation and maintenance standards, long term planning of infrastructure, growth in Sturgeon’s local businesses and industrial economic development, and finally, balanced and responsible decision making.
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