By Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

 Lethbridge County provided financial support through the Municipal Internship Program 

By Jaxon McGinn

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Sunny South News

Lethbridge County is requesting Council support to host a Municipal Intern under the Finance stream of the Municipal Internship Program. This will be an opportunity to grow another financial professional in municipal government and provide an additional staff resource for the County. The Intern will build upon their university degree through on-the-job training and hands-on productive experiences in local government here at Lethbridge County. 

This program is made possible through grants from the Alberta Community Partnership Program (ACP). 

“We believe both the financial incentive and the concept of furthering young professionals you know would be a benefit to Lethbridge County under this municipal internship program. The financial impact this program does come with a $60,000 grant it’s an eighteen-month commitment that we would be making, so there are expenses on the County to be able to supplement that salary,” said Dana Johnson, Human Resources Manager.

Johnson Added that If the County chooses not to participate in the Municipal Intern Program in 2022, this will remove the opportunity to grow future talent in local government and bring on an additional staff resource to work with the County over 18 months.

The program is a partnership between participating municipal organizations and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. It provides support to municipalities and planning service agencies to build capacity in the municipal sector by developing recent post-secondary graduates to become future leaders in municipal government. 

The local government is not always at the top of recent graduates’ minds. This is an opportunity to bring a university graduate into local government, which will be beneficial in growing the next round of future leaders in municipal government. 

 A municipal intern will be an additional staff resource to support the County with financial and special projects planned for 2022. Growing talent in the municipal sector will help to ensure the next wave of local graduates considers government as a career stream. 

Coun. Mark Sayers had made the motion based on the recommendation that the council supports Lethbridge County and its application to host a municipal interim beginning in 2022. All councillors were in favour of the motion Sayer had made on Oct. 28. The County will be budgeting $30,000 to support the costs of hosting this Intern. This will significantly assist the County in completing some long-standing projects. 

This item is reprinted with permission from Sunny South News.

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