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Council bids farewell to municipal manager

Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience presented a framed print of the Town of Fort Macleod office Friday to departing municipal manager Barry Elliott.

The Town of Fort Macleod paid tribute last week to its departing municipal manager.
A barbecue luncheon was held Friday at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre for Barry Elliott, who finished work that day.
“It’s been a good 3 1/2 years,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “We’re really sorry to see you go.”
Elliott has accepted a job as chief administrative officer for the District of Tumbler Ridge in British Columbia.
Patience presented Elliott with a framed print of the Town of Fort Macleod office created by Crowsnest Pass artist Jocelyn Thomas.
“You’ve done a lot for our organization and the municipality,” Patience said.
Elliott, whose wife Carmen Drapeau is executive director of the Allied Arts Council and whose daughter Alex was the 2011 graduation valedictorian at F.P. Walshe school, praised the town.
“Fort Macleod has been a terrific place to be,” Elliott said. “We’ve met some terrific people here in town. I am really proud to have had the opportunity to work with the people in this town.”
Elliott praised the Town of Fort Macleod staff for the work they do on behalf of the community.
Councillors also paid tribute to Elliott on Aug. 22 at his final council meeting.
“I do wish you well,” Coun. Susan Koots said. “Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the town.”
Coun. Donna Houston echoed Koots’ sentiments.
“Thank you for all your guidance,” Houston told Elliott.
Elliott reflected on the past fours years since he joined the Town of Fort Macleod in October 2007 after three years as director of community services with the Town of Morden, Man.
“It has been a real privilege to have served this council, the previous council and the community the past four years,” Elliott said.
Elliott said Fort Macleod is poised for positive growth.
“There are some good things coming,” Elliott said. “Fort Macleod is going to go through a lot of growth. I know we’re going to be hearing about Fort Macleod for many years.”
Elliot was previously in British Columbia, where he spent four years as director of leisure services for the District of Mackenzie and nine years as recreation director in Fort Nelson.
This was the first time Elliot, who has his local government administration certification, has been a community’s chief administrative officer.

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