Sturgeon County's former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Peter Tarnawsky has released a statement on his departure.
Tarnawsky, in a social media message, shared his thoughts on his departure:
"The accomplishments were numerous. I committed to a five year contract and would have been please to stay and work with my team on behalf of council and the community. I was surprised and disappointed that council decided it wanted to go in a different direction; one that did not include me. I have agreed to step down."
The CAO had his contract terminated by county council in late November, shortly after winning the prestigious R. W. Hay Award for Rural Administrative Excellence.
He served the county for eight years, six as CAO, implementing policies and procedures more commonly seen in larger municipalities. Those methods have been credited with making Sturgeon County an attractive place for investors and major projects like the NWR Sturgeon Refinery.
Council has appointed Rick Wojtkiw as the Acting CAO until a permanent replacement is found.