Original Published 05:00 Mar 30, 2022

By Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Village of Rockyford is on the lookout for a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) after Elaine Macdonald recently tendered her resignation.

 Although Ms. Macdonald will be leaving her position in Rockyford, she is moving on to fill the CAO role in the Village of Big Valley in mid-April.

 “We were going to look at a property in Big Valley and, after booking the appointment, I discovered they had an ad for a CAO and applied,” she told the Mail. She added it was “crazy serendipity” to have both the offer on the home and the job application approved.

 Ms. Macdonald has worked for the Village of Rockyford for the last five years, though has had many years of experience within other municipalities.

 Big Valley Mayor Dan Houle says, “She will be a great fit for our community. We welcome her experience; she has a wealth of knowledge.”

 He adds having the village’s CAO living within the community will also be a bonus.

 And as Big Valley’s search ends, Rockyford’s is just beginning.

 “We are saddened and will miss her expertise,” Rockyford Mayor Darcy Burke says, adding the village is also looking forward to some of the changes and new initiatives and insights a new CAO could bring to the table.

This item is reprinted with permission from The Drumheller Mail, Drumheller, Alberta