Lacombe County Council sworn in; elects new Reeve and Deputy Reeve

During the October 26, 2021 Organizational Meeting, Lacombe County Councillors took the Oath of Office following the Municipal Election on October 18, 2021.

Lacombe County Council appointed Division 3 Councillor Barb Shepherd as Lacombe County Reeve. Councillor Shepherd assumed the Reeve’s Chair after taking the Oath of Office from County Manager Tim Timmons.

“I want to thank my fellow councillors for appointing me as Lacombe County Reeve. There are many changes to our Council following the election, and I’m looking forward to working with both new and familiar faces to lead Lacombe County forward,” said Reeve Shepherd. “The previous Council left us with a strong foundation to build on as we tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.”

Following her appointment, Lacombe County Council appointed Division 1 Councillor John Ireland as Deputy Reeve for a two-year term.

“I’m honoured to serve a second term as a Lacombe County Councillor and thank Council for appointing me as Deputy Reeve for Lacombe County,” said Deputy Reeve Ireland. “We have several new councillors with new perspectives joining us at the table and I look forward to working with each councillor – experienced and new – to find workable solutions for the matters that will arise over our next term in office.”

The Organizational Meeting also saw County Council make a variety of appointments, in addition to the election of Reeve and Deputy Reeve, of Council members to municipal boards, committees and commissions.

About Reeve Barb Shepherd

Barb Shepherd was born and raised on a ranch in southwestern Saskatchewan and moved to Central Alberta in 1984 to advance her banking career. She was first elected to Council in 2013, following a nearly 40-year career in banking. Barb has always been interested in local government and is a long-time supporter of numerous organizations, including Ellis Bird Farm, the United Way of Central Alberta Board of Directors, and the Burman University School of Business Advisory Board.

Since joining Lacombe County Council in 2013, Barb has been an active representative for Lacombe County on the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission Board, Blackfalds Recreation and Parks Board, ALUS Community Advisory Panel, Red Deer/Lacombe Rural Crime Watch, and Ellis Bird Farm Board. Recognizing the challenges facing rural Alberta, Barb continues to be passionate about issues surrounding the environment, rural crime and responsible spending of tax dollars.

About Deputy Reeve John Ireland

John Ireland has deep roots in Central Alberta, having grown up on a mixed farm east of Red Deer. In 1986, he moved to the Joffre area, where he and his wife, Allison, still farm today.  John has always been an active community member and has enjoyed the opportunity to meet new residents of Lacombe County. 

Over the past four years, John has been a representative on the Highway 12/21 Water Commission, the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group, the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission, and the Lacombe County Agricultural Service Board, to name a few.  Acknowledging that he lives in a special place, John continues to work at making Lacombe County a sustainable community well into the future.