INNISFAIL – Council unanimously approved a motion to have the town’s chief administrative officer recognized and honoured at the provincial level.
On July 12 at council’s regular meeting a motion was moved forward to nominate Todd Becker, who has been the town’s chief administrative officer since the summer of 2017, for the Dedicated Chief Administrative Officer Award, which is sponsored by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM).
This year’s annual award will be announced this fall.
“In our municipality in the short time I’ve been on council I have seen the work and dedication that our CAO has done, and I look back on the three years I haven’t been here and he’s done a fantastic job,” said Coun. Don Harrison.
“I would look to my council colleagues to have a resolution or support for the completion of this award and submission to the AUMA for consideration to the Dedicated Chief Administrative Officer Award for our CAO Mr. Becker.”
Coun. Jean Barclay then added she would be pleased to bring in a motion to have Becker nominated for the award, as well as two others for staff, the Dedicated Senior Municipal Team Award and the Municipal Environmental Award, which recognizes Alberta municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in environmental practices.
The motion was passed unanimously by council to submit nominations for all three awards.
Becker, who has been working in municipal government for the past 30 years, including 13 as CAO, has never before been nominated for the provincial award.
The award recognizes an individual who has served more than 10 years as a CAO, and who is respected and worked with a high level of integrity to make an outstanding contribution to the field of municipal administration. This includes the areas of leadership, policy development, council relations, human resources management, financial management, long term strategic management, project planning and implementation, community relations, and professional development.
The SLGM will review the applications and a nominating committee will forward with its recommendations to the AUMA board of directors for final acceptance.
The winner of the Dedicated Chief Administrative Officer Award will receive $2,000 and a certificate or plaque.