The "interim" title has been removed from Lamont County CAO, Peter Tarnawsky.

Council has approved his appointment to a permanent role for the county. Tarnawsky was previously appointed the interim CAO of Lamont County in September 2021.

Tarnawsky has worked as a municipal professional since 2003, after spending 15 years in the private sector. Over the years, he served as city manager, general manager, director and CAO for places like Sturgeon County, Edmonton, St. Albert, Wetaskiwin and now Lamont County.

Over the last six months, Tarnawsky said he quickly adapted to serving Lamont County and was proud of having improved stability with the administration and gaining council's confidence and support. He has also helped with the five-year capital planning, hiring staff in critical positions, building an improved online service request system and the 2022 budget planning.

"I am glad to have the continued opportunity to serve as Lamont County CAO," he said. "I look forward to working with and on behalf of council to build on the county's strategic plan and strengthening administration based on council's direction. I am excited with the progress we have made in the past six months across the organization."

In terms of his goals as the official CAO, Tarnawsky plans to follow directions from council in the strategic plan and continue working with them to build the roadmap for 2022 and beyond.

"We recognize the valuable skills and abilities our CAO has in working with municipalities, his leadership, strategy and advisory skills — as was evidenced during his interim time," said Lamont County Reeve, David Diduck. "We have an excellent administrator who is ready to take on this challenge and focus on serving the county while bringing further structure to the role."

When he isn't working, Tarnawsky enjoys watching hockey, football and golf and sings in a number of local choirs.