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Lethbridge County Announces New Chief Administrative Officer

Post Date:04/05/2018 8:50 AM

LETHBRIDGE- Lethbridge County Reeve Lorne Hickey announced today that Ann Mitchell has been appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) effective May 28, 2018. She takes over from Sheldon Steinke, who stepped in as interim CAO following the retirement of Rick Robinson in September 2017.

Mitchell brings 20 years of municipal government experience to the position, the last 13 years of which have been as CAO in rural municipalities in Ontario. She comes to the Lethbridge County appointment from the Municipality of Sioux Lookout, where she served as the CAO from 2012 to April 2018.

Hickey noted that Mitchell’s time at Sioux Lookout has prepared her very well for the challenges faced by rural municipalities that are geographically large and encompass changing diversities of population and economy. Mitchell said she was attracted to Lethbridge County because of Council’s commitment to consensus building in the county and region, its customer service orientation, and its focus on agricultural innovation.

Mitchell’s academic credentials include a B.A from Lakehead University and a Master certificate in Municipal Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Within the municipal government sector, she is a Certified Municipal Officer (Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario), CAO mentor (Ontario Municipal Management and Administration), and an active member of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).

“On behalf of Lethbridge County, I would like to welcome Ann Mitchell to the position of CAO,” said Reeve Lorne Hickey. “She will be an asset to our administrative team and Council is confident in her ability to help lead the County through future challenges.”

Lethbridge County is located in the heart of Southwestern Alberta where glaciers of the last ice age sculpted the landscape and laid down the brown soils that support its highly productive agricultural sector. Lethbridge County is home to approximately 10,400 people, with an additional 110,000 living in urban municipalities surrounded by the County and in unincorporated localities spread across its nearly
2,900 km2 of land area. The sunny climate supports a range of dryland and irrigated crops, and some 500 km2 is devoted to intensive livestock operations. The area abounds in recreational and tourism sites and activities.

Ann Mitchell

RELEASE- Lethbridge County Announces New Chief Administrative Officer

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

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