Cochranites heard from the town’s new chief administrative officer in an official setting for the first time at the last council meeting.
The January 11 introductory dialogue was more of a ‘meet and greet’ type deal. The standout revelation had to do with the newly-hired Michael Derricott’s personal life: he and his family, moving from Edson, have already bought a lot and are building a home in Cochrane.
“Thank you for contributing to our local economy with that and jumping in and committing with both feet, it is much appreciated,” said mayor Jeff Genung.
The mayor noted that at the date of the meeting, Derricott was heading into his second week on the job.
“I’m happy to report that from my perspective and from all of the feedback I’ve been getting around the entire community, all virtually and physically-distanced, has all been positive,” he noted of the new CAO.
Derricott told council and those watching online from home that his family is ‘excited’ to get their start in the Cochrane community.
“I’ve expressed to this group in some of our other interactions just how humbled and pleased I am to have this opportunity,” he noted.
“We look forward to integrating as a family, and I look forward to working with all of the talented people here at the Town of Cochrane to continue to provide exceptional services […] navigating what will be another challenging year, but I think one that will be full of opportunities.”
“I’m very much mindful of the public trust that I’m responsible for, and look forward to being an effective steward of the community on your behalf.”