Rimbey has a new man at its helm.
Lucien Cloutier has taken over as CAO for the town and is eager to get down to business.
He began his job July 2, but was officially welcomed by Mayor Rick Pankiw at the Canada Day celebrations held at Pas Ka Poo Park, July 1.
“We have felt very welcomed here by the people of the Town of Rimbey,” Cloutier said. “Everyone seems so warm and sincere.”
Cloutier has moved to Rimbey with his wife Dayna and their family. The couple has a blended family consisting of Dustin, 20, Jesse, 18, Rachel, 17, Aaron, 15 months and the youngest, Abigal, who is five months.
“People start doing the math when I tell them the ages of the youngest two,” he said with a chuckle.
Cloutier is more than willing to meet the challenge of becoming CAO for the town. He has spent many years in municipal government, working from the ground up in various positions and he is eager to begin his new role.
Fourteen years go he served as CAO for the Village of Boyle.
“Oddly enough I started that job on July 2 as well,” he recalled.
However, after spending some time as CAO in Boyle he decided to pursue a different area of municipal government and returned to his hometown of Lac La Biche where he was manager of legislative services for several years.
Three years ago he moved to Valleyview where he had the position of legislative services officer.
In the course of his career he has worn several hats including development officer and human resource personal.
He also attended the University of Alberta facility extension to receive his Level 1 and Level 2 designation as a local government manager.
“My area of expertise is working with council processes and dealing with the critical documents of the municipality; also the liaison and technical legal aspects.” When Cloutier is not hard at work at the corner office in town hall or spending time with his family he likes being out on the golf course and also enjoys curling and going to auctions.
He is looking forward to meeting the residents of Rimbey and says his door is always open.
“My objective is to be as accessible as possible. I’m here to serve the community to the best of my ability.”