Goudy appointed as Lacombe's new CAO
Matthew Goudy has officially been appointed as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Lacombe. (Photo supplied)
A familiar face is officially taking over as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Lacombe.
On Monday evening, the city announced Matthew Goudy would drop the “acting” from the front of the CAO title to formally be appointed to the position as of Tuesday, March 6.
"I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to become the next Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Lacombe," said Goudy in a release.
"I believe that the relationships I have developed and experience gained in my various roles with the City of Lacombe will help me continue the good work of council and staff in making Lacombe a great community.”
Goudy came to Lacombe from Saskatchewan and holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He has also achieved the Certified Envision Sustainability Professional designation from the institute for the sustainable infrastructure program, as well as the Incident Command System Level 300 certification and Level 1 of the Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators certification.
He serves as a committee member of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Commission's Audit and Finance Committee, is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association, as well as a member in good standing with Mensa Canada. He is also part of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.
Goudy has been involved in the city, then-town, since 2007 when he started as the engineering services manager. In 2012 he moved on from the role to become the operations and planning services director for the city until this year.
He serves as the CAO of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWSC), and has been in the role of acting CAO for city council following the retirement of Norma MaQuarrie in 2017, and the departure of his predecessor, Dion Pollard, immediately following the October election.
A recruitment process was one of the first tasks the new council took on. After a comprehensive review and scoring of interested candidates, five were shortlisted and interviews were conducted Feb. 20 by members of council and the human resources manager. The five applicants were then rated.
Ultimately, Goudy was chosen.
“Council is convinced that Matthew is the right choice for this critical position, given his long-standing familiarity with Lacombe’s municipal operations and our regional partners, and his proven attention to fiscal responsibility,” said Mayor Grant Creasey.
“His experience and his ability to facilitate meaningful public engagement has resulted in many successful programs, and we look forward to working with him to achieve our strategic vision.”