After 17 years with the Town of Blackfalds, Sean Barnes has stepped away from the role. (Contributed photo)

After 17 years with the Town of Blackfalds, Sean Barnes has stepped away from the role. (Contributed photo)

Blackfalds community service director retires

Town anticipates position will be filled by late February

Blackfalds community service director retires

Sean Barnes is stepping away from his role as director of Community Services for the Town of Blackfalds.

Barnes, who has spent 17 years in the position, is going to focus on new opportunities in the community.

“Sean was responsible for many projects that are considered legacy projects and the results of those are recognized by our staff and residents and are especially valued by the sport and recreation industries,” said Chief Administrative Officer Myron Thompson.

“Sean’s work ethic, dedication, and sense of humour made the organization and community a better place to work and live. On behalf of myself and employees of the municipality, we wish him the best of luck.”

Barnes played a key role in making Blackfalds what it is today by being innovative and forward-thinking and achieved bringing various recreational amenities to town such as the Bike Skills Park, the Abbey Centre, the Eagle Builders Centre, themed playgrounds, and trails connecting the TransCanada Trail to Lacombe and Red Deer. He and his staff also brought some incredible events including Winterfest, Blackfalds Days, and Light Up Blackfalds to the community.

“I am so proud of my staff in Community Services and the wonderful work that they have accomplished in the past years. Together we helped to improve the quality of life in Blackfalds, and it has been an absolute pleasure to serve this community,” said Barnes.

Mayor Jamie Hoover noted that Barnes played an integral part in the substantial growth of Blackfalds in the 17 years he was with the Town of Blackfalds. “His enthusiasm and energy will certainly be missed, and he leaves some big shoes to fill for whoever is his successor,” Hoover said.

Barnes will continue to work for the town on a contract basis spearheading capital projects and events.