Chief Administrative Officer

Sturgeon County


  • Executive Search
  • Job Code: 9E934511712
  • Posted: July 18, 2018
Sturgeon County serves almost 20,000 residents and is comprised of 2,100 square kilometers which include 35 townships, 185 kilometres of secondary roads, and 1,776 kilometres of local roads. Located north of the City of St. Albert, Sturgeon County is a vibrant municipality made up of farmland, world-class industrial development, and residential acreage developments.

Sturgeon County provides residents with a high standard of living, a wide range of services, including recreational programming, community events, protective and transportation services and utilities. With a growing focus on innovative agricultural initiatives, Sturgeon County is also the home of the Alberta Industrial Heartland, one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil, and gas investment with potential for billions of dollars of investment.

Chief Administrative Officer

Sturgeon County is looking for a dynamic Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who has the ability to negotiate multi-million dollars’ worth of investment potential as well as ensure the County delivers quality services to our residents and is a dynamic leader both within the organization and externally in the region.

The Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of the County and plays a key role in identification of viable economic initiatives. This position provides overall direction, support and management to the employees, and works closely with Council ensuring the execution of a well-defined strategic plan meets both current and future needs of the community.

Required Competencies:

  • Proven ability to provide overall leadership for the planning, development, and management of a variety of municipal services and to provide well researched guidance to Council and all staff.
  • Possesses an understanding of both rural and urban municipal challenges and opportunities.
  • Proven ability to create and lead a participative workplace with a cohesive management team that promotes and sustains a productive workplace with excellent customer service.
  • The ability to see municipal services from a regional perspective and to develop and foster shared services and partnerships with other municipalities.
  • The ability to develop a presence in the community and collaborate with other community partners, industry, and government in attracting and fostering economic development.
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with Council, other elected officials, residents, developers, community groups, and other levels of government, with effective communication, facilitation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Analytical ability in preparing reports and compiling information for Council, together with a good knowledge of and proficiency in all related information technology.
  • The knowledge and ability to minimize unnecessary bureaucracy and ensure the most time and cost efficient administration of all municipal services.

The successful candidate will have 10+ years of senior management experience, preferably supplemented with a master’s level education in a related discipline (MBA or MPA preferred), and be willing to live within a 45 minute commute of the County Centre in Morinville, Alberta.

For more information about Sturgeon County, visit their website at

Apply in confidence to:

Johan Bolin, Senior Associate




Johan Bolin

Executive Search


Senior Associate

  • 403.351.2448

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