The County of Stettler has welcomed Rick Green to its team. Green fills the new position of director of engineering.
“We have so many projects in the county that require engineering expertise and we are pleased to have Rick on board to provide that expertise to us,” said CAO Tim Fox.
Green, a registered engineer technologist, spent most of his 25-year career providing consulting services to municipalities throughout Alberta.
His first position was in Hanna, where he spent 14 years working for an engineering firm providing service to the Special Areas, Starland County, and the MD of Acadia.
He also worked for the City of Grande Prairie and for EXH Engineering in the Peace Region.
Green’s most recent endeavour had him living in Lacombe and working for Stantec Engineering in Red Deer.
Green said he’s familiar with the area, and has done work in the county when employed by Stantec.
Public works, planning and development and utilities are the departments that will most benefit from having Green on staff, Fox said.
Green is reviewing engineering of the paving of the Fenn Road to Highway 835 and an intersection upgrade at 835.
He will also be reviewing the Rural Road Study, analyzing need, condition of roads and traffic, and making a recommendation to council.
“I will be able to fill the gap that the county previously outsourced — it should be a moneysaving proposition for the county,” Green said.
The Kelowna native and his wife Stacey have a 15-year-old son, Nicolas. While the family still lives in Lacombe, Green said that they eventually plan to relocate to the Stettler area.
“I am anxious to get involved in the community — especially soccer, as a referee,” Green said.
Green listed Buffalo Lake as an attraction for him in choosing Stettler as a place to work.
“I am looking forward to doing lots of boating on the lake,” he said.