After one term as Mayor of Drayton Valley and two previous terms as a councillor, Glenn McLean says this most recent run at municipal politics will be his last for a while.
He says he has no plans to run provincially or federally, and is proud to have served the community for ten years.
McLean adds he has never given any thought to what his crowning achievement would be as mayor, with his hope being people remember more of the accomplishments of council more than he himself.
“The things that I am proudest of is some of them are noticeable to the community and some are not as noticeable by nature of the work. We’ve done an extraordinary amount of work in policy and development and adoption of accountability measures.”
He called accountability critically important and under his leadership council ushered in a newly revised councilor code of conduct, an accountability and transparency policy as well as enhancing the role of the deputy mayor.
More green spaces popped up as well during his tenure, with McLean pointing to the recently opened Discovery Park and additional walking trails around the community.
He adds council managed to keep taxes as low as reasonably possible during a difficult economy as well as changing the water and sewer service rate structure, something he says will have long term positive impacts.
As for the next mayor of Drayton Valley, McLean offered up some advice about the job.
“Be measured in your public pronouncements and be diligent in doing your homework. Be responsive to the public,” he said. “Public service I have often believed is a noble calling, it’s not being elected that makes it a noble calling, and it’s your conduct while in office.”
He adds that in the current political climate people are looking for candidates who are willing to hold true to their promises.
“I think more now than ever the public needs people who are prepared to walk their own talk, who are prepared to make difficult decisions.”
McLean concluded with a favorite quote of his from Sir Winston Churchill, saying “Courage is knowing when to stand up and speak up. Courage is also knowing when to sit down and listen.”
The municipal election will be held on October 16 with voting stations being open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the MacKenzie Conference Centre. Three candidates are running for mayor, with Councillor Michael Doerksen and Councillor Brandy Fredrickson along with Cecile Shewfelt putting their names forward.
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