Town council announces appointment of new CAO

Albert Flootman hired to run town administration after overseeing the flood recovery in southern Alberta

After three months of head hunting Town of Ponoka council has hired a new CAO with help from Delstan Innovations Group.

The announcement was made Tuesday, Jan. 26 during council’s regular meeting with Mayor Rick Bonnett stating Albert Flootman would be taking over the administrative seat on Monday, Feb. 8.

“With nearly 25 years of experience in roles with local government and public administration, his background will bring competencies council is looking for in the role of CAO,” said Bonnett.

Flootman is the manager of Recovery South for the Alberta Emergency Management Agency in High River and Calgary.

Bonnett also took some time to sincerely thank interim CAO Doug Wright and Dave McPhee for ensuring the town operated smoothly during the transition. For his part, Wright thanked council and said the time as interim CAO has been interesting as well as that he feels more familiar with residents and their needs. “We’ve moved forward significantly in the last two months,” said Wright.

He added he is confident Flootman will be a valuable source of information to council.

During council’s special meeting held Thursday, Jan. 21, council also approved a motion to hire an external consultant to assist in the performance management of the new CAO.

Coun. Tim Falkiner was the only one not present at the meeting.