During the Oct. 25 organizational meeting, Lacombe County councillors appointed Division 3 Councillor Barb Shepherd as Lacombe County Reeve for a second term.
Shepherd assumed the Reeve’s Chair after taking the Oath of Office from County Manager Tim Timmons.
“It has been my honour to serve as Lacombe County Reeve over the past year to lead Lacombe County forward alongside a group of dedicated councillors representing our residents and their needs,” said Reeve Shepherd.
“I thank my fellow councillors for placing their trust and confidence in electing me. With a provincial election looming within the next few months and the current rate of inflation, there will be challenges to deal with – together. Council will stay focused on the financial demands these challenges will bring, and respond to them in a responsible, thoughtful manner.”
Division 1 Councillor John Ireland will stay on for his second term as Deputy Reeve (a two-year term).
“Reeve Shepherd has done an amazing job representing Lacombe County as our Chief Elected Official over the past year. We look forward to her continued steadfast leadership during the upcoming year,” said County Manager Tim Timmons.
Shepherd was born and raised on a ranch in southwestern Saskatchewan and moved to Central Alberta in 1984 to advance her banking career.
She was first elected to council in 2013, following a nearly 40-year career in banking. Barb has always been interested in local government and is a long-time supporter of numerous organizations, including Ellis Bird Farm, the United Way of Central Alberta Board of Directors, and the Burman University School of Business Advisory Board.
Since joining County council in 2013, Shepherd has been an active representative for Lacombe County on the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission Board, the Blackfalds Recreation and Parks Board, the ALUS Community Advisory Panel, Red Deer/Lacombe Rural Crime Watch, and Ellis Bird Farm Board.