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Sharon Pollyck retiring from City of Airdrie after 31 years

A long-serving employee with the City of Airdrie is calling it a career next week, after working for the municipality for more than three decades.

A long-serving employee with the City of Airdrie is calling it a career next week, after working for the municipality for more than three decades.

Sharon Pollyck, the city clerk and director of the city manager’s office, will be retiring on June 11 after a 31-year career in municipal government.

“The City has been a fantastic fit for me as a person,” she said. “We’re lucky here in Airdrie – we have a unique government mindset.”

Pollyck began her public service career with the City in January 1990 as a recording secretary for board and council meetings. While her background is in law and oil and gas, she said she had recently had her first child, and was looking for some part-time work as a way to re-enter the workforce.

She said she saw an advertisement for a part-time recording secretary position for Airdrie's government, and felt that would be a good fit.

“It was mostly evening work, when my husband would be home, so it just worked for our lifestyle,” she said.

From there, Pollyck eventually took on other administrative roles, such as as the secretary to the city manager, the assistant city clerk and eventually, her current role, which includes overseeing the administrative side of the City's operations. As city clerk, Pollyck also helps facilitate city council meetings.

Many, according to Mayor Peter Brown, will miss Pollyck’s experience and knowledge of the inner workings of council and the municipality.

“I’ve known her since before I was the mayor and she was always the go-to person when it came to elected officials, and she continues to be that up until this day,” he said. “She’s been instrumental in her group, and I know she has a lot of staff members who will miss her tremendously. But they can take solace in the fact they had the opportunity to work with her.”

Brown said Pollyck’s strongest attribute has been her ability to stay calm and collected, no matter what the situation is at city hall or in council chambers.

“She doesn’t overreact, she’s balanced in her approach and gives lots of consideration, regardless of her personal feelings,” he said. “She is an excellent example of someone who can separate her emotions from the situation at hand.”

Pollyck said working for the City of Airdrie has been a great experience and she has enjoyed the opportunity to help shape Airdrie’s growth. She noted how Airdrie has developed from a town of 12,000 people when she first started to a bustling city of nearly 75,000 residents now.

“No day was the same – you can just imagine the growth and complexity,” she said. “You’re always learning and there’s always something new to learn.”

While there have been many developments over the years, Pollyck said one accomplishment that sticks out in her mind was when the City pioneered an electronic census system – an initiative she said Airdrie led the charge on in Alberta.

“That’s something I’ll always hold near and dear to my heart,” she said. “We were actually able to influence that change in the province, being able to do the census electronically and not have to go physically to everyone’s door.”

According to Pollyck, her decision to retire this year was partially driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ll be honest – COVID has about done me in,” she said. “I’m quite ready to be done with COVID and to retire. But I’ll absolutely miss the people and miss being a part of the City’s staff.”

With her retirement less than two weeks away, Pollyck said she is most looking forward to spending time at her family’s other property in British Columbia, as well as the opportunity to travel more frequently.

“There are so many places in the world I want to see and experience,” she said.

Scott Strasser,
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