Sturgeon County's CAO has been recognized for his hard work and dedication.
Peter Tarnawsky was nominated by councillor Karen Shaw for the prestigious R. W. Hay Award for Rural Administrative Excellence.
"It was flattering to receive it," said Tarnawsky of the hefty bronze grain elevator-shaped award. "It truly did have an impact on me in terms of the various accomplishments that were enumerated in the nomination."
The award held an even higher place in Tarnawsky's heart and mind, as he received it on the same day he celebrated his sixth anniversary as the county's CAO.
In the nomination, Shaw credited Tarnawsky's implementation of policies and bylaws normally found in larger municipalities. She said he has set the county up for success, including a 300 per cent increase in assessed value in the Sturgeon Industrial Park since 2011 and more than doubling the General Operating Reserve from $1.298 million in 2011 to $4.26 million in 2016.
Tarnawsky is also credited with playing a significant role in making the county an attractive place for investors and securing major projects like the Northwest Refining Sturgeon Refinery.
"When I received the award and accepted it, I acknowledged that no CAO is an island," said a humble Tarnawsky, referencing the team made up of council and administration. "My name is on it, but this is really an award for Sturgeon County."
Tarnawsky will play a role in selecting the winner for 2018.

More Local News

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP need help finding 12-year-old

The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP are asking for the public's help finding Shenelle Jenkins.

Lamont County assembling flood drainage team

Lamont County is trying to get ahead of spring flooding this year.

MP Lloyd focused on helping local entrepreneurs

A local Member of Parliament is looking to better the region with faster broadband internet.

Update: RCMP looking for missing Fort Saskatchewan teen

Police have found Kirshtine Palabay safe and unharmed.

Sledge Hockey Day another success

It was the biggest year yet for the Robin Hood Association's third annual Sledge Hockey Day.

Primary Care Network says the best diet is a balanced one

How much food from each food group should be in meals?

Redwater council decides against increasing pool fees

Pool fees in Redwater will be staying the same for another year.

Fortis Alberta gives $25,000 to schools for environmental programs

Some local schools recently received funding.

École Campbelltown celebrate French heritage

As part of their month-long celebration “Mois de la francophonie albertaine” the students and staff of École Campbelltown held a special flag-raising ceremony for International Francophonie Day.

Freedom Conservatives choose Malcolm Stinson for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville

Malcolm Stinson was recently selected as the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta candidate in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide