Coun­cil ap­points Dro­homer­ski CAO

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

On July 24, Drumheller Coun­cil was pleased to an­nounce Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski’s ap­point­ment as the Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer ef­fec­tive Oc­to­ber 1, 2017.

Coun­cil was pleased to have sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est shown in this com­pe­ti­tion from across Canada with Water­house Search con­sul­tant, Grant Smith, speak­ing with each ap­pli­cant to de­ter­mine their suit­abil­ity for the Town of Drumheller CAO.

From the re­sults of his con­ver­sa­tions, eight names were put for­ward by Mr. Smith for Coun­cil to se­lect five candi- dates to be in­ter­viewed. Coun­cil in­ter­viewed those can­di­dates on June 13 and were unan­i­mous in con­firm­ing their choice for the new CAO.

“Af­ter liv­ing here for less than a year, I just re­ally loved the com­mu­nity. I thought that based on what I have done in my past and work ex­pe­ri­ence that I have the abil­ity to do the job, I just felt that there was un­fin­ished work in my ca­reer that I wanted to look at. It was a great new chal­lenge and I want to make Drumheller an even bet­ter com­mu­nity than it is right now,” said Dro­homer­ski.

Dar­ryl com­menced his cur-

rent role as In­fras­truc­ture Ser­vices Di­rec­tor with the Town of Drumheller on Au­gust 2, 2016 and since that time has proven to be a strong leader, has shown in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion in his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and has shown ex­ten­sive in­sight into the de­liv­ery of ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices.

“There are def­i­nitely peo­ple that come from fi­nance back­grounds or pro­tec­tion or com­mu­nity ser­vices. Drumheller is fo­cused on in­fras­truc­ture be­cause we are the largest town in the prov­ince so we have a lot of in­fras­truc­ture to main­tain. Peo­ple who work in in­fras­truc­ture tend to have a pretty good fi­nan­cial mind and I think I do so that cer­tainly helps as a CAO,” said Dro­homer­ski.

Pre­vi­ously, Dar­ryl was em­ployed by the City of Win­nipeg for 21 years. His re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded man­ag­ing solid waste ser­vices and roles in wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion and treat­ment. Dar­ryl brings 25 years of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in strate­gic plan­ning, project man­age­ment, sys­tem en­gi­neer­ing strate­gies and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence to the po­si­tion along with a wide range of skills.

Mayor Ye­men stated, "Coun­cil wishes Dar­ryl all the best in his new role of CAO and an­tic­i­pates a smooth tran­si­tion be­cause of his work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the cur­rent CAO Ray Ro­manetz over the last year. We look for­ward to Dar­ryl lead­ing our ad­min­is­tra­tion. We be­lieve he will be a tremen­dous as­set to our com­mu­nity in his new role.”

Mayor Ye­men ac­knowl­edged the last­ing con­tri­bu­tions of cur­rent CAO Ray Ro­manetz who will be re­tir­ing af­ter 35 years.

"Ray's con­tri­bu­tion to this town is ad­mirable and he is leav­ing the town in an out­stand­ing po­si­tion, both fi­nan­cially and in our work­ing re­la­tion­ships, re­gion­ally and provin­cially," said Mayor Ye­men.

Dro­homer­ski con­curred with the Mayor's com­ments and stated, "I am hon­oured that Mayor Ye­men and Coun­cil have cho­sen me to help lead the Town. I have been very for­tu­nate to be at his feet for the last year so I have learned an aw­ful lot from him, but there is so much more knowl­edge that he has of the com­mu­nity,” Dro­homer­ski said.

In the new po­si­tion, Dro­homer­ski plans to run an ef­fi­cient mu­nic­i­pal­ity as well as try to achieve new and am­bi­tious goals for the area.

“I’d love to see if we can get more busi­ness to re­lo­cate or to lo­cate into Drumheller. Cer­tainly we have a lot of area but not a lot of homes, we want to be able to look and see the abil­ity to at­tract more peo­ple here whether it be as a re­tire­ment or em­ploy­ment im­por­tant to their ca­reer,” said Dro­homer­ski.

Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski… ap­pointed CAO

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