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Starland CAO elected president of administrators' association

ross-rawlusyk-individual.jpgStarland County CAO Ross Rawlusyk has been elected president of the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators' Association (ARMAA).
     Rawlusyk, who has been Starland CAO for more than two decades, was elected at the group’s annual conference in Red Deer from September 9-11.



    The organization is made up of all senior managers in rural Alberta. Rawlusyk explains the organization has a wide range of duties. Annually the association liaisons with deputy ministers and senior bureaucrats that affect rural municipalities. The association works closely with the AAMD&C (Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties) on committee work and studies into legislation and policies.
    “Our members will sit on these (committees) and try to offer advice to the association from an administrative point of view,” he said.
  For example, he says currently they are working on a marketing strategy for careers in the municipal field to meet the needs of attracting more employees.
  “Something like 60 per cent of CAOs are retiring in the next five years, so there is a fairly high number of career changes coming our way,” he said.
    Rawlusyk added the association also has a big role to play in coordination of regional issues.
    “If we see something that is affecting rural municipalities we are not really fond of, it is a group that can come together quite quickly to provide input to elected officials on things that might not be all that easy to implement,” he said.
    The organization also provides continuous training to deal with changing legislation and practices.
    Rawlusyk has been CAO in Starland County for 21 years. Before that he was the first employee for the Palliser Regional Planning Commission. He has served as vice president of the ARMAA in previous terms. The ARMAA was established in 1921.

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