It's the end of a 43 year long chapter in Drumheller's history.
It was 1974 when a young Ray Romanetz was hired as Drumheller's Civic Engineer, now called the Director of Infrastructure Services. Nine years later he was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the then City of Drumheller.
"I've worked with numerous councils, I don't even have the exact number, and also, obviously with significant staff numbers," he recalled. "As CAO you need to be able to work with the council and with the staff, and collectively be on the same page and use that to hopefully move the community forwards."
In addition to seeing people come and go, Romanetz has seen countless projects move from the idea stage to fruition.
"The Aqua Seven Water Line that takes water all the way through Kneehill, the valley amalgamation that happened in 1998 and another project that certainly comes to mind because it took a significant effort on everybody's part is the BCF, which from my point of view is serving the community extremely well."
Romanetz maintained he has enjoyed serving the people of Drumheller over the years, although he admitted it was more fun some days than others. As for future plans?
"I'm going to take some time off, I'm going to relax, I'm going to spend more time with my family," he outlined. "If something comes up that allows me to work at a reduced pace with something that I like doing (and) that helps the community, I'll certainly look at it."
Ray Romanetz

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