MD appoints new chief administrative officer

·2 min read

Residents of the MD of Pincher Creek will see a familiar face in a new role at the municipal office as Roland Milligan has been appointed the new chief administrative officer.

The appointment was formally announced during MD council’s July 12 regular meeting.

Roland moved to the area back in 1993 after his wife secured a teaching job at Canyon School. He has worked for more than 15 years at the MD and full time since 2008, previously serving as the director of development and community services and interim CAO on a few separate occasions.

Although familiar with municipal government and its complementary administrative work, Roland is looking forward to learning in his new role.

“It’s a bit of a learning curve, but I’ve got a good team here and I get a lot of help from them,” he says.

“I’m getting to that point in my career where you’re looking at places you’ve plateaued and where you want to continue learning, and I wanted to finish my career helping out the community. I’m pretty happy that council has the faith in me to give me the opportunity.”

The CAO acts as the only real employee of council and oversees all MD staff. In addition to managing each of the departments, the CAO’s typical workday involves answering questions from residents, liaising with the provincial government and other local municipal governments, particularly the Town of Pincher Creek’s CAO.

The CAO is also in charge of making sure council meetings run smoothly and that council members know their responsibilities as elected officials, particularly as outlined in the Municipal Government Act.

While not anticipating any major changes to how things are run administratively, Roland says he has been discussing with councillors what goals they would like to pursue. One major project will be updating the MD’s strategic plan, which was last updated the council term before last.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Roland adds.

Congratulations on your appointment, Roland!

Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze