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City Manager Allan Seabrooke retiring

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City Manager announces retirement

After two years with The City of Red Deer and more than 30 years in public and private sectors, City Manager Allan Seabrooke announced his intention to retire effective May 21, 2021, as he plans to return to Ontario to be closer to family.

Allan Seabrooke became City Manager for The City of Red Deer after most recently serving as the Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner of Community Services with The City of Peterborough in Ontario.

“Serving in the public sector at a local level has afforded me the opportunity to connect with the community of Red Deer in meaningful and lasting ways. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to this city and its citizens at a time when the many challenges we collectively face in Red Deer, Alberta and across the country are forcing us to be increasingly innovative when it comes to municipal service delivery and meeting the needs of citizens,” said City Manager Allan Seabrooke.

In his time working with The City of Red Deer, Seabrooke achieved many of the goals he felt were important when he arrived. His work streamlining governance processes, implementing a multi-year budget, establishing business friendly practices, reducing red tape and completing an organization restructure, to name a few, have all contributed to meaningful organizational improvements for the benefit of the entire community.

“Allan has served our community with a dedication that has helped us navigate innumerable and complex social, economic and health challenges like we have never faced before. His commitment to transparency, accountability and creating a culture of excellence and responsiveness has resulted in positive and lasting changes within the organization and our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The past year has challenged administrative leadership in extraordinary ways, and Allan’s pandemic response has been strong and resolute. As he leaves our organization, he leaves a legacy of stability, and we are thankful for all he has brought with him to The City of Red Deer. We wish Allan and Teresa all the best in retirement.”

“While my time in Red Deer is shorter than I initially envisioned, my decision to leave is personal in nature. As I am sure is true for many, the pandemic has brought with it new light to my personal experiences, as I seek to reconnect with family. It is my sincere hope that we are through the worst of Covid-19, and as I leave this organization, I have the utmost confidence that I leave this City in goods hands with the current General Management Team and senior leadership that is in place at The City of Red Deer,” said Seabrooke.

With City Manager Seabrooke’s retirement on May 21, 2021, Tara Lodewyk, current Deputy City Manager, will take on the role of Acting City Manager until Council proceeds with the next phase of its recruitment process.

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Councillor Buck Buchanan facing sanctions after Mayor Veer submits complaint

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Code of Conduct investigation closes with sanctions for Councillor Buchanan

Following an independent investigation stemming from a complaint received by City Council on April 15, 2021, Councillor Buck Buchanan faces sanctions for breaching Red Deer City Council’s Code of Conduct Bylaw. By a majority vote on July 26, 2021, Council accepted the findings in the investigator’s report, which conclude that Councillor Buchanan breached three sections of the Code of Conduct Bylaw.

All municipalities in Alberta are required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA) to have a Code of Conduct Bylaw that sets shared expectations for conduct or behaviour. The bylaw outlines how members should conduct themselves while carrying out their responsibilities and establishes a review and investigation process when a complaint is received. The City of Red Deer passed its Code of Conduct Bylaw (2608-2018) on July 23, 2018.

The formal Code of Conduct complaint (C-01-2021), submitted by Mayor Tara Veer in response to public and staff complaints, alleges that Councillor Buchanan breached the bylaw through his social media activity in January 2021 and prior actions, causing City Council to lose leadership credibility and frustrating The City’s pandemic response efforts.

After a review committee of three Council members initially reviewed the complaint, and by majority vote determined that it should proceed to formal investigation, SAGE Analytics Inc. was hired to investigate and report back to City Council.

SAGE is a municipal consulting firm with expertise in governance evaluation, dispute resolution, and council code of conduct complaint investigations. SAGE utilized a process that included interviews and follow-up with both parties, witness interviews, a review of related correspondence received by The City, document review, analysis and report writing.

With the investigation complete, the findings conclude that Councillor Buchanan breached three sections in the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw:

  • 7.1, which states “members shall uphold the law established by the Parliament of Canada and the Legislature of Alberta and the bylaws, policies and procedures adopted by Council.”
  • 7.2, which states “members shall respect the Municipality as an institution, its bylaws, policies and procedures and shall encourage public respect for the Municipality, its bylaws, policies and procedures” and
  • 4.1(d), which states, City Council must “arrange their private affairs and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes public confidence.”

According to the findings, a social media post made by Councillor Buchanan in January 2021, combined with his prior actions, amounted to a breach of the bylaw. SAGE determined these actions were disrespectful to the local pandemic response efforts and increased a division in the community between individuals in favour of and opposed to health restrictions. SAGE’s report finds that through Councillor Buchanan’s actions, The City’s reputation was damaged, and The City’s pandemic response efforts were negatively impacted. They also determined he demonstrated a pattern of conduct where he made negative comments that did not promote public confidence in The City’s pandemic response efforts.

Having accepted that Councillor Buchanan contravened three sections of the Bylaw, Council considered the sanctions recommended by SAGE and ultimately resolved by majority vote to require that Councillor Buchanan:

  • Issue a public apology to Red Deer residents, businesses, staff, and Council for his actions and social media post on January 27, 2021, which caused increased confusion and division in the community during a time of crisis; and that this apology be provided to the satisfaction of Council, during a public portion of a Council meeting.
  • Arrange an in-person meeting with the AHS Central Zone Medical Director, or designate to offer a personal apology to Alberta Health Services for any harm caused by his public comments during the pandemic response.
  • Be suspended from all Council committees and all Deputy Mayor rotation duties until sincere apologies are provided.
  • Complete social media training hired and paid for by The City of Red Deer that aligns with typical media training for City staff.

The investigation is considered complete. Councillor Buchanan continues to serve as Red Deer City Councillor.

This is the first formal Code of Conduct complaint received by The City of Red Deer.

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Keep cool with the firefighters this Thursday!

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Pop-up Spray Parks

Members of Red Deer Emergency Services, RCMP and Municipal Enforcement blasted the hoses to keep you cool Thursdays in July and August.

Pop-up spray parks are popping up across Red Deer this summer. Beat the heat with Red Deer Emergency Services, Municipal Policing Services and RCMP in a neighbourhood near you.

Participants are reminded to not attend if they are feeling unwell or are currently required to quarantine.

Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date Location Address
July 22 Highland Green Community Centre 65 Halladay Avenue
July 29 Deer Park Community Association 181 Dowler Street
August 5 To Be Confirmed —–
August 12 Riverside Meadows Community Centre 6021 57 Avenue
August 19 Joseph Welsh Elementary School 4401 37 Avenue

*Events are weather dependent.

 

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