By Kalinowski, Tim on June 12, 2019.
Aleta Neufeld attended her final city council meeting on Monday in her formal role as city clerk.
Neufeld was given flowers and praised by Mayor Chris Spearman and City Manager Bramwell Strain for her dutiful service to the City these past 40 years, the last seven as clerk.
“Some people ask me, ‘What the heck is a city clerk?'” Neufeld stated during her farewell comments to council. “In organizations we often hear the clerk is the pulse of the corporation, and every municipality in the country has one. Regardless of how best to describe this role, what I know today is how much I have loved being the city clerk.”
In Alberta, clerks organize council and city committee meetings, advise councillors on best practices for running meetings and help word bylaws to meet the standards of the Municipal Government Act. Clerks have signing powers to act as guarantors that bylaws and resolutions passed by council are in accordance with the MGA and were passed properly by a democratic-majority vote of councillors.
The City Clerk also serves as the returning officer for municipal elections.
Neufeld said what will stand out for her in her time in the role is all the people she has had the privilege of working with as the City of Lethbridge has expanded its use of technology and webcasting to enhance accountability, accessibility and transparency at public council meetings and within municipal politics as a whole.
“To all the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to work with, especially my staff over the years, thank you,” she said.
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