On Nov.5, Reegan McCullough became the official Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Sturgeon County.
Born and raised in northern Alberta, McCullough has been working with the Alberta provincial government for most of his career (in departments such as housing, municipal affairs, consumer affairs and tourism).
He also worked in the private sector for the Oil Sands Community Alliance in the Wood Buffalo and Lac la Biche area, as well as in the Niagara Parks commission in Ontario, which manages Niagara Falls and number of different attractions.
Now back in Alberta, McCullough says he is "looking forward to how we can advance the growth prospects of Sturgeon County and, more importantly, to focus on council's priorities along with working with senior management to be able to implement council's strategic direction."
One of the first big projects for McCullough is working on the future annexation process with the local council and St.Albert.
He says another goal will be to work closely with Alberta's Industrial Heartland and the agriculture sector to ensure administration can achieve council's goals.
"I'm just really excited to be here and I think that Sturgeon County has so much to offer. Its rich heritage, the natural areas that it has, the growth potential, just a very exciting place to be and I really look forward to what I can do to help the area prosper."
Previous CAO, Peter Tarnawsky, parted ways with the county in late 2017. Sturgeon County Council had appointed Bill Minnes as the interim CAO until McCullough was hired and he will continue to be with the county until December 7.