New county recruit will oversee communications, legislative services and more

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Carol Gabriel will be the new corporate services director for the County of Grande Prairie, beginning Feb. 16.

As director Gabriel will oversee the communications, facilities management, information systems, legislative services and records and information management departments, according to county communications.

“Carol’s combination of broad industry knowledge, leadership experience and forward-thinking mindset will be a tremendous asset to the organization and the community,” said Joulia Whittleton, county chief administrative officer (CAO).

Gabriel was unavailable for comment.

Gabriel is succeeding Dawn Sauvé, who left in October for a position in Sturgeon County, said Jennifer Kuzemchuk, county senior communications advisor.

In the interim, Whittleton has filled in for some of the director’s responsibilities and each department has also relied on its own managers, Kuzemchuk said.

The county’s job posting gives a salary range of $144,082 to $184,483 annually.

According to county communications, Gabriel has nearly 30 years of experience in municipal government and school boards.

She was director of legislative services and deputy CAO in Mackenzie County over the previous eight years, according to County of Grande Prairie communications.

Gabriel also holds a certification in municipal law and a national advanced certificate in Local Government Authority Level I, according to the county.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News