Longtime Metropolis of Airdrie CAO to retire this summer time


Airdrie’s CAO has introduced his retirement this summer time after a profession with the Metropolis of Airdrie spanning 36 years.

Paul Schulz, a long-serving Metropolis of Airdrie worker and the municipality’s chief administrative officer (CAO) since 2010 has introduced his retirement this summer time, following 36 years of employment.

Schulz stated he joined the Metropolis in 1986 recent out of college, after graduating from the College of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce designation.

He labored as a municipal intern throughout his first 12 months with the native authorities physique after which moved onto roles inside the planning and improvement division of the Metropolis, which he held for about 10 years.

“I really fell in love with planning and improvement, they usually preferred me sufficient that they saved me on,” he stated of his internship and subsequent tenure with the planning and improvement division.

Throughout that point, he accomplished his grasp’s diploma in enterprise on the Nova Southeastern College in Florida and finally moved into the position of senior director of the Metropolis of Airdrie, which is a place he held till he later transitioned to CAO in February 2010. 

He stated as CAO, he’s the one worker employed by Metropolis council below Alberta’s Municipal Authorities Act to manage on behalf of the Metropolis’s seven councillors and mayor, who’re elected each 4 years.

“They’ve to rent a CAO – each City, Metropolis, Village, County in Alberta operates that method, in order that they rent knowledgeable supervisor, primarily,” he stated, including Airdrie’s Metropolis council is akin to his board of administrators.

“They set the course for the neighborhood, the issues they prefer to see completed and the companies they’d like offered them, the issues they’d like constructed. It’s my job to get these issues completed,” he added. “But it surely sort of works each methods – it is also my job to advise them.”

In line with Schulz, he advises the council on administrative issues together with budgeting. He added all the Metropolis workers report back to him and assist him in his efforts to hold out council’s imaginative and prescient.

“Whether or not it’s roads or parks or recreation centres … staffing, planning, organizing – all of the stuff falls below my duty,” he stated.

He stated the spotlight of his tenure with the Metropolis has been operating the municipal physique in a like method to working a enterprise or different related group. All through his time with the Metropolis, Schulz stated he has made it his purpose to develop a wealthy and numerous tradition the place folks love to come back to work every day.

“Particularly when you’ve a corporation the place they service the neighborhood, I discover it’s so necessary individuals are actually vested of their jobs and love coming to work,” he stated. 

“My absolute favorite factor is constructing that tradition the place it’s a folks place after which that will get mirrored in what we do – that’s what I’m most pleased with.”

He added when he began the position as CAO, the inhabitants of Airdrie was about half what it’s now, and it has been a spotlight of his profession to look at town develop and to have an effect on the evolution of what was as soon as deemed a “bed room neighborhood.”

“Having an affect on what my neighborhood seems like … is one other spotlight,” he stated. “I name them my neighborhood as a result of I additionally reside right here and I’m going to proceed to reside right here.

“It’s been a privilege to see new communities, new interchanges, and be concerned with packages that occur, concerned with making Airdrie an actual participant within the area – I believe these are actually thrilling issues.”

Adversely, Schulz stated the hardest problem he has confronted throughout his profession has been discovering steadiness between reaching council’s wishes whereas balancing the yearly working price range.

“The companies that individuals need on this neighborhood or the facilities they need clearly value cash,” he stated. “We can’t run a deficit, so we’ve got to steadiness the price range and lift income via taxes and consumer charges, and a few grant {dollars}.

“The actual problem as you develop is assembly the wants and expectations of the folks and the companies that reside right here and what they need and count on. The problem to me can be that actual steadiness – making it reasonably priced for folks, however folks getting what they need on this neighborhood.”

He added he’s wanting ahead to retirement and having fun with extra time for himself and his household, together with a give attention to well being and health, tenting, and travelling.

“[It’s about] having time to do the numerous issues that you simply don’t essentially get to whenever you’re occupied with a job like this,” he stated. “I suppose I’ll at all times be a busy particular person, however I believe I am going to get to decide on what I’m busy on.”

Schulz’s tentative final day is July 31, allotting time for the Metropolis to discover a appropriate substitute for the CAO place.

He added he feels privileged to have had the chance to assist lead the municipality over the past decade.

“Servicing the neighborhood I get to reside in – I believe it’s fairly uncommon,” he stated. “And a neighborhood I should be proud sufficient that I’m going to proceed to reside in and be with and my daughters and my spouse – it is dwelling.”


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