Management Team

Saddle Hills County Administration is made up of a number of departments devoted to assist Council in meeting their strategic priorities, policies, and programs, and provide professional advice while recognizing the value of Councillors’ local/community knowledge. 

Administration is responsible for ensuring that the County's business is conducted in a professional manner adhering to the highest standards of governance as mandated by the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA).


The responsibilities of the departments are dictated summarized in the Organization Chart which is approved by Council.

Our Management Team

Management Team
(Left to right) Assistant CAO, Director of Economic and Rural Development Shayne Steffen, Director of Corporate Services Cary Merritt, Director of Planning and Information Systems Laurie Jackson, Director of Community and Protective Services Brian Ballard, Chief Administrative Officer Joulia Whittleton, Communications and Inter-Municipal Relationships Coordinator Michael Archer, Legislative Officer Tracy Lapping, Director of Operations and Acting Director of Environmental Services Ron Pelensky.

CAO's Office

- Chief Administrative OfficerJoulia Whittleton

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Responsibilities:

The CAO is the administrative head of the municipality.  The CAO's responsibilities include ensuring that the municipality's policies and programs are implemented, advising and informing Council on the operation of the municipality, performing other duties assigned by Council, and ensuring appropriate staffing is in place.

The CAO serves as the link between council, which sets policy, and administration, which implements policy. The CAO is expected to understand the direction of council and ensure that programs and services are delivered following council’s mandate.

- Legislative Officers

  • Tracy Lapping

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  • Graciela Teran

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Responsibilities:

  • Council & CAO Support
  • Legislative Services, SDAB & ARB Clerk
  • FOIP Coordinator
  • Records Management
  • Policies & Bylaws
  • Municipal Census
  • Local Gov. Elections
  • Council Orientation

- Communications & Inter-Municipal Relationships CoordinatorMichael Archer

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Responsibilities:

  • Communications & Social Media
  • Annual Report
  • Public Consultation
  • Inter-Municipal Communications
  • Promotional Materials

 


Economic and Rural Development

- Assistant CAO, Director of Economic and Rural Development  Shayne Steffen

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Responsibilities:

  • Inter-municipal Initiatives
  • Community/Economic Development
  • FCSS
  • Rural Development:
    - Agriculture
    - Veterinary Services
    - Roadside Maintenance
    - Weed & Pest Control
    - Agricultural - Surface Water Management
    - Agricultural Education Activities
  • Project Development

     


Corporate Services

- Director of Corporate ServicesCary Merritt

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Responsibilities:

  • Finance
  • Budget
  • Long Term Planning
  • Insurance/Asset Management
  • Human Resources
  • Grants
  • Financial Reporting for:
    - FCSS
    - Library Board
    - Waste Commission
    - Assessment
  • Project Development



Planning and Information Systems

- Director of Planning & Information SystemsLaurie Jackson

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Responsibilities:

  • Planning & Development
  • Municipal Planning Commission
  • Safety Codes
  • GIS
  • Information Technology
  • Communication Towers
  • Project Development

 

 


Operations

- Director of OperationsRon Pelensky

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Responsibilities:

  • Roads & Bridges
  • Facilities Grounds Maintenance
  • Aggregate Fleet Management
  • Surface Storm Drainage (Hamlet)
  • Surface Water Management (Roads)
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Rural Water
  • Wastewater
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Transfer Stations
  • Landfills
  • Project Development



Community & Protective Services

- Director of Community & Protective Services​ | Brian Ballard

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Responsibilities:

  • Fire Departments
  • Enforcement
  • Facilities Maintenance (excl. grounds maintenance)
  • Community Recreation
  • Planning (liaison with nonprofit groups)
  • Project Development
  • Health & Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Campgrounds & Parks
  • Maintenance
  • Regional Emergency Planning



 

For general information, please contact the County office at 780.864.3760, or send an email to admin@saddlehills.ab.ca.

Fax: 780.864.3904