Lethbridge County has a population of 10,353 (2016 Census), and includes several small communities:
- Diamond City
- Iron Springs
Municipalities within the area independent of Lethbridge County include:
- Village of Barons
- Town of Nobleford
- Town of Coaldale
- Town of Coalhurst
- Town of Picture Butte
- City of Lethbridge
Lethbridge County Council
Lethbridge County encompasses seven electoral divisions in its jurisdiction.
County Council 2017-2021
|Reeve Lorne Hickey||Division 1|
|Deputy Reeve Ken Benson||Division 4|
|Councillor Tory Campbell||Division 2|
|Councillor Robert Horvath||Division 3|
|Councillor Steve Campbell||Division 5|
|Councillor Klaas VanderVeen||Division 6|
|Councillor Morris Zeinstra||Division 7|
The Agricultural Service Board (A.S.B.) is comprised of all County Councillors, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Agricultural Fieldman. The Board’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and promote environmentally sustainable agriculture in Lethbridge County. A.S.B. programs such as roadside seeding, backsloping, pest control, roadside spraying, weed control, shelterbelts, soil conservation and hamlet and subdivision mowing are among the key services provided through the Board. A range of programs and projects have been added throughout the years and include: absorbing the Parks Department which oversees 7 hamlet parks and playgrounds, as well as carrying out custom vegetation control on 13 school grounds for the Palliser Regional School Division.
The Municipal Services department’s vision is to provide a safe municipal infrastructure for all County residents, businesses, and visitors. A commitment to enhancing quality of life for all is paramount, and can be achieved through managing infrastructure in a cost-effective manner. Maintaining and improving the transportation and utility infrastructure, and providing for waste management are among the many activities that fall under the authority of Municipal Services. Municipal Services includes Public Works, Utilities, Agricultural Services, Technical Services, Fleet Services, and Environmental Health.
Lethbridge County is proud to supply the highest quality service possible to our citizens through cost-effective and efficient delivery of Corporate Services. Included within the Corporate Services department is Assessment and Taxation Services, Finance and Accounting, and Information Technology.
The Community Services department includes several departments, including Planning and Development, Emergency Services, Economic Development, and Communications. Planning for future development and land use is a main focus of Community Services, by ensuring that such development occurs in compliance with the Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan, Municipal Government Act, and other legislation.Keeping County residents safe is another key responsibility of Community Services. Community Peace Officers have recently been introduced as another method of providing effective and efficient management and coordination of emergency service systems and resources within Lethbridge County. The Economic Development department works to strengthen our local economy and present the County’s high-quality products and services to the world. Lethbridge County is in the fortunate position of being able to build on its strengths to support existing industry, while at the same time moving forward embracing new developments in agriculture, alternative/renewable energy, and transportation. The Communications department aims to keep residents informed of County activities through local media, publications, and digital media.
Meeting Future Challenges
Lethbridge County faces many challenges ahead as our infrastructure ages and sources of funding (such as grants) become unpredictable. Repairing and replacing roads and bridges within our Market Access Network will undoubtedly be our biggest challenge, but through initiatives such as Funding Our Future, these essential pieces of infrastructure will be a top priority going forward.
Coping with the pressure of doing more with less and the need to balance a range of differing interests will require innovative new approaches to local government. Council and Administration bring many diverse views to the table and through their collective effort they believe they will be able to work through these challenges for the benefit of the municipality as a whole.