Kneehill County has just appointed Mike Haugen as the new Chief Administrative Officer.

Mike Haugen will be assuming his new role and is excited about his responsibilities and getting to know the staff at Kneehill County, starting May 1st.

"When I arrive one of the big things is getting to know the staff. I'm excited to meet them. I'm starting to get to know the councillors better. Of course, I've met them already, but getting to know them better. Really to dig into what they're hoping to achieve in the current term of council, tying into working on the inter-municipal collaboration frameworks, said Haugen.

Haugen started his career in the Alberta Municipal Affairs internship program in Chestermere for almost a year, Clearwater County for seven and a half, and then as the CAO of the province's third largest rural municipality, based on the geographical footprint, with Greenview County.

"Each Municipality represents its own challenges. With Greenview, the geographic size represented a challenge. We had to find creative ways to overcome that. The challenges in Kneehill are a little bit different. We're looking forward to taking them head on," said Haugen.

Haugen has not accomplished his accreditation overnight. He has been working diligently over the years taking many relevant courses to gain certification.
He has a Certificate in Globalization & Governance, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership, as well as his National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration, which earned him his Certified Local Government Manager designation. He is well suited for this position, as he has also been serving in a leadership capacity for over 13 years.

"Looking forward to getting into the work of the county itself, creating the relationships with the urban partners and our surrounding municipalities through the provincial ICF process. Looking at the economic development that we hope is going to be taking place in Kneehill County and trying to bring that about," said Haugen.

Haugen comes with a vast professional network of contacts, a solid understanding of Central Alberta, hands-on experience, a great mix of education and is well rehearsed in his leadership role, which are welcomed assets to have in Kneehill County and the organization.

Ms. Laurie Watt, Director of Municipal Services will serve as the Interm CAO until Haugen begins fulltime next month.



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