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County CAO Announces Retirement

Post Date:09/19/2017 1:12 PM
Lethbridge County’s Chief Administrative Officer Rick Robinson has announced his upcoming retirement, effective January 3rd, 2018.

Robinson is a Chartered Accountant, earning his Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge, and has his Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership from the University of Alberta. He has worked for the County since 1994, starting as a Cost Accountant, and then filled the roles of Controller and Director of Corporate Services for many years. In 2013, he became the Chief Administrative Officer for the County. Robinson took a leave of absence from the County from 2007-2009 to work as the CFO at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, where he worked on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the hospital.

During his tenure as CAO at Lethbridge County there have been many initiatives launched, including the Haul Route Calcium Stabilization program, which aims to make our infrastructure safer for residents and will allow producers to get their product to market. Robinson is also proud of the work that has been done with our neighbouring municipalities on joint commercial and industrial ventures, as well as the work that continues to be done on the County’s Commercial and Industrial land use strategy. The County and Lethbridge Airport also went through a re-brand under Robinson’s time as CAO. He has been an integral part of the progress that has been made in the County.

“Rick will be missed by County Council, employees, and citizens. He has been a valuable asset during his 24 years here, and has skillfully led the County through many challenges,” says Reeve Lorne Hickey. “He has worked hard to ensure our citizens continue to enjoy the excellent quality of life Lethbridge County is known for. County Council would like to congratulate Rick on his upcoming retirement, and wish him all the best.”

Robinson reflected on his time at the County, noting that he would like to thank employees for their support throughout the years: “I am so very proud of our great staff. We have been through a lot in this County. We have survived numerous floods and fires. Staff have always risen to the occasion to protect County citizens and infrastructure,” says Robinson. “My role has always been to encourage staff growth and skills. The last few years my focus has been on accountability. Sometimes the path to accountability is painful, but the benefits for the County are worth the push. County employees in all areas of this organization have risen to the challenge. The work they do on a day to day basis definitely shows their skills and talents. They truly represent “Pride of the Region”. The County is in good hands.”

Robinson’s plans for retirement include staying active with curling, as well as some Board of Director duties. He also plans to travel to sunny and warm locations as much as possible.

County Council is responsible for selecting a new CAO in the coming months. Lethbridge County would like to recognize Rick Robinson for his dedication to public service for 24 years and wish him a very happy retirement.

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Mattie Elliott, Communications Coordinator | melliott@lethcounty.ca | (403) 328-5525
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