Beginning in December, Al Hoggen will take over as Rocky View County’s (RVC) permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), according to a press release issued by the County Oct. 17. “I look forward, over the coming months, to meeting many of the residents of RVC and hearing their ideas regarding the future of the County,” Hoggan said in the release. Hoggan will officially take the reins Dec. 17, replacing interim CAO Rick McDonald. McDonald has served as interim CAO since June 12. According to the press release, Hoggan’s tenure will overlap with McDonald’s in December, to ensure a smooth leadership transition and that “Hoggan is well versed in the ongoing restructuring of the County’s administration.” McDonald announced changes to RVC’s executive leadership style Oct. 16. Hoggan previously spent five years as the County Manager of Kneehill County. According to the County's release, “he has also been managing the Aqua 7 Water Commission, of which RVC is a founding member,” since 2013. Additionally, Hoggan sits as a board member and zone director for the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association. Before his foray into local government, Hoggan worked in a variety of senior director and management roles in the private sector. According to the press release, “he completed his education through Dalhousie University and holds the designation of Certified Local Government Manager, and is a member in good standing of the Society of Local Government Manager.” “[Hoggan] comes very well qualified for the job,” said Reeve Greg Boehlke. “Council was looking for a CAO with some business experience, and he certainly fits that bill.” Boehlke said Hoggan’s mindset is oriented towards satisfying the ratepayer and simplifying processes – in line with the direction council hopes to steer RVC. “We know that we are in a reorganization right now, with a view of streamlining and getting our performance better for our residents and taxpayers,” Boehlke said. Council did not want to rush the process of finding a new CAO, he added. McDonald’s leadership as interim CAO allowed council some breathing room to fill the vacancy with the right person. “McDonald did the job council asked him to do,” Boehlke said. “He came in and did a complete corporate review.… He’s absolutely fantastic at reading the situation and knowing what needs to be changed and what doesn’t.” Ultimately, Boehlke said, having Hoggan as a new CAO – along with a new municipal building and a new corporate direction – marks an exciting shift for the County.