Deb Hamilton recently announced she is stepping down from her CAO position.
 
Hamilton has been the Redwater CAO for 11 years, but will be officially retiring in June.
 
"It has been a great ride," she said. "I've been one of the most fortunate people in this field."
 
Before coming to Redwater, Hamilton worked in Lamont County for a few years and in Thorhild County before that. She started her career in the town of Westlock in June 1979.
 
"It's time to retire and let somebody young come in," she explained. "Forty years is certainly a lot longer than some people work."
 
Hamilton noted one of the things she is most grateful for is working with the different councils and being able to successfully move up in her field over the years. Despite her job having many stresses, she said she doesn't regret a moment of it.
 
"Somebody asked me, 'What's the best thing you can say about being in this business for 40 years?' and my answer was, 'Everyday is a different day,'" she added. "How many people can say that they have a career that allows them to experience a different day every day?"
 
Council was informed of her retirement in November and made plans to hire Davies Consulting Group to find a replacement.
 
Once retired from the CAO position, Hamilton intends to start up a contracting company called Hamilton Municipal Service and work part-time, providing project work and educational workshops.

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