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.