After serving ten years on Fort Saskatchewan’s council, Stew Hennig had just one piece of advice for new council members.
His direction summed up in one word was; listen.
“Listen, listen, listen, listen, the good Lord gave you two ears and one mouth, use them accordingly,” he said. “For the first year, especially the first year, councillors may feel that they’re very wise and they got elected and they know a lot and they really don’t. They need to listen to everything that’s being said to them and they need to weigh it before they make any statements or make any decisions.”
Hennig claims it took him six years to sit comfortably on council. He was able to spend the last four years feeling confident answering questions on the spot and providing the public with information when requested.
Since retiring, he has spent more time on Facebook.
“As a councillor I never went on social media because at that point as a councillor you’re never right and you can never win. And that’s one of the things I told all the councillors, stay away, read it, but do not respond because you can’t win.” he explained.
Hennig has been educating the public about the city and how it works and so far the feedback has been positive.
The 2017-2021 council was sworn in on Oct. 24.