The Mayor of Hanna is up for an award from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.
Chris Warwick receives one of three Awards of Excellence this year from the umbrella group for Alberta cities, towns and villages.
"The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association has always recognized various elected officials in respective categories, one being an Award of Excellence, so when the nominations came out this past summer it was certainly something that I felt Mayor Warwick was very deserving of," explained Kim Neill, Hanna's Chief Administrative Officer.
He said the mayor took on new responsibilities after the Alberta Government announced plans to accelerate the phase out of coal fired electricity, such as is generated by the Sheerness Plant and coal mine south of Hanna.
"The way Mayor Warwick has led our community and been our face and our voice to the province and to the feds through this process, advocating on behalf of the community and trying to ensure they understand the impact and expectation that we have as a municipality to move forward, and where we'll need assistance from the other levels of government."
"The whole coal transition has increased the amount of time, typically, that the mayor would spend on his duties significantly," added Neill. "Whether it's meetings, additional media, et cetera, it's certainly put a lot larger time description on the mayor's duties and he's done it very willingly and openly."
Warwick will receive his Award of Excellence at the AUMA Convention and Trade Show on November 22 in Calgary.