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City loses director of economic development

The City of St. Albert is out a director of economic development.

St. Albert's economic development director has parted ways with the city.

Marci Ng, a communications advisor with the city, confirmed to the Gazette on Tuesday Rod Valdes, the former head of the economic development department, is no longer with the organization. She noted the city would not be commenting on any further on a personnel matter.

It is unclear if Valdes resigned or was terminated.

Valdes took the director position back in September 2017 after working in a similar role for the City of Wetaskiwin and the Town of Millet. He also served as business development manager for the Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association.

There have been some notable staffing changes at city hall over the past few years. Most recently, Kerry Hilts took on the role of deputy chief administrative officer, replacing Michelle Bonnici.

In October 2016, former interim city manager Chris Jardine took the city's six divisions down to four. In May 2017, chief administrative officer Kevin Scoble reduced the number of senior managers from four to three. He further reorganized the city's departments in March 2018, and again in November.

That latest restructuring saw the elimination of general manager roles, and the city consolidated its 17 departments down to 12. Scoble's position as city manager was rebranded chief administrative officer, and he created a new position for a deputy chief administrative officer. That position was originally filled by Bonnici, who also held the position of chief people officer, but her final day with the city was Jan. 18.


Jeff Labine

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Jeff Labine joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2018. He writes about city hall and municipal issues. Follow him on Twitter @jefflabine.
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