Lacombe welcomes new community services director

Deborah Juch is the City of Lacombe's new community services director. She took on the role Nov. 1, 2018. City of Lacombe

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The City of Lacombe has a new director of community services.

On Tuesday afternoon, the city formally announced the appointment of Deborah Juch to the position, which was effective Nov. 1, 2018.

“We are convinced that Deborah is a great choice for this critical position, given her considerable municipal experience and her passion for community development,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy in a release. “We believe she will fit into our organization with minimal disruption to ongoing initiatives, and look forward to working with her as we work to achieve council’s strategic vision.”

Juch brings with her 15 years of experience in municipal government in both Alberta and B.C.

Previously, she served as deputy CAO for the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17 in northern Alberta, where she oversaw senior managers of facility maintenance, recreation and community services, as well as economic development, as well as other services. In the same municipal district, she once managed protective services and human resources. She was also a bylaw enforcement officer for the Capital Regional District in Victoria.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree which is supplemented by a Local Government Administration Certificate, and professional development. She brings emergency management training and experience, and is also furthering her education by studying for a Masters of Business Adminstration in Community Economic Development, as well as local government leadership and community sustainability.

According to the release, Juch and her family – including mini dachshunds – are excited to join the community.

“I am delighted to relocate to central Alberta, to such a vibrant and historic community,” she said. “I hope to live up to administration and council’s expectations, to carry on and enhance the excellent programs and services already in place.”