A new administrator has been hired for the municipality of Summerland. (Summerland Review file photo)

Administrator hired for Summerland

Graham Statt has experience with Alberta's provincial government

The municipality of Summerland has appointed a new chief administrative officer.

Graham Statt has been hired to take over the municipality’s top role.

Statt has more than 20 years of provincial government experience and has worked as the assistant deputy minister, pharmaceutical and supplementary benefits division with Alberta’s ministry of health.

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Since March he has been leading Alberta’s Emergency Operations Centre for COVID-19, and is currently appointed as its incident commander.

“One of council’s most important responsibilities is to select a suitable CAO for our community,” said Summerland mayor Toni Boo.

“We believe that Graham will make an excellent addition to Summerland. We look forward to working with Graham and are confident he has the leadership and skills to continue advancing Summerland and achieving council’s strategic priorities.”

Statt has worked with other Alberta government ministries.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology as well as a master’s degree in anthropology with interdisciplinary focus in the Faculty of Law, focusing in Aboriginal law.

“I am excited to work with staff and council, and to use my knowledge and leadership skills to accomplish great things together,” he said.

He will begin working as Summerland’s administrator on Jan. 4, 2020. Until then, Karen Needham, director of corporate services, will be acting administrator for the municipality.

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