Resignation of CAO
With mixed emotions Town of Hinton CAO Stephane Labonne submitted his resignation on February 8, 2018, citing unforeseen family circumstances as the reason for his departure.
“It is a decision I don't make lightly. I have really enjoyed working with this council to move their vision for Hinton forward,” said Labonne.
Mayor Marcel Michaels credited Mr. Labonne for helping to orchestrate the orientation and transition of a council that included a new mayor and four first-time councillors. He said Labonne also helped lead council through a strategic planning process and an initial budget, at the same time negotiating the early stages of a water treatment transition from West Fraser and helped Hinton's geothermal project take a step forward with $1.2 million in provincial and federal grants for a FEED study.
“He has left our organization more capable to seize the opportunities and address the challenges that lay before us. We are disappointed to lose him so soon, but we understand and support his decision and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Michaels, adding that hiring Labonne also introduced an invaluable point of view to the CAO position.
“He brought an outside perspective to the top of our organization and a different lens to assess what we're doing well, and what we can do better to serve the residents of Hinton.”
Council will determine the process for hiring his successor at the February 20, 2018, Regular Council meeting.
“We are confident in the ability of our directors and senior staff to continue to move our vision forward in the interim, but we look forward to finding a CAO that can continue the direction we have established early in our term,” Michaels said.
Labonne's last day is slated for March 16.