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County council elects new reeve

Rocky View County councillors selected both a new reeve and deputy reeve at their organizational meeting, Oct. 25. Division 4 Councillor Rolly Ashdown is Rocky View’s new reeve while Division 1 Councillor Rick Butler was elected deputy-reeve.
Newly elected Division 4 Councillor Rolly Ashdown is sworn into office by Commissioner for Oaths Deborah Prowse during Rocky View County council’s organizational
Newly elected Division 4 Councillor Rolly Ashdown is sworn into office by Commissioner for Oaths Deborah Prowse during Rocky View County council’s organizational meeting, Oct. 26. Ashdown was later elected reeve by his fellow councillors.

Rocky View County councillors selected both a new reeve and deputy reeve at their organizational meeting, Oct. 25.

Division 4 Councillor Rolly Ashdown is Rocky View’s new reeve while Division 1 Councillor Rick Butler was elected deputy-reeve.

Both were elected with a secret ballot.

“I am thrilled,” said Ashdown.

“I saw that people wanted me to be (reeve) and I am happy to comply.”

Former Reeve Lois Habberfield was nominated for the position by Division 6 Councillor Greg Boehlke, but was defeated.

“I am looking forward to positive change and ending the separation angst,” said Habberfield, who was elected to the Agricultural Services and Policy Review boards.

Ashdown said that with all the changes on council, his colleagues likely see him as neutral.

“We have a unique situation in that four are seasoned councillors and five are new,” said Ashdown.

“I have been hanging out here for so long that I probably fit in the middle. I am a choice because I relate to both, and that is why I am reeve.”

Despite his admission of the steep learning curve ahead, Ashdown said he feels comfortable in his new role, and first order of business will be to help create a good work environment on council.

“My goal is that everyone starts working together as a single unit, so it is a challenge,” he said.

“We need input from different angles, and we have the right council to do it.”

Butler said he was surprised and pleased to be elected as deputy reeve.

“I feel great,” he said.

“I feel honoured for a second time, first by the electorate and second by my colleagues....”

As a newcomer, he is hoping to learn the ropes from the veteran councillors on council.

“There is lots of trepidation, but my sense is that the veterans are here to help us and the rookies are here to learn,” said Butler.


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