New county reeve says he’s honoured to have role

New county reeve says he’s honoured to have role

Terry Van de Kraats selected as reeve Oct. 16

The County of Wetaskiwin’s new reeve says he was honoured to be selected as council’s spokesperson.

Terry Van de Kraats was selected at the organizational meeting Oct. 16, as former reeve Kathy Rooyakkers voiced interest in stepping away from the job.

Van de Kraats said he feels Rooyakkers, five years in the role, did a great job as reeve. “I think…Kathy did a great job of reeve of the county for the last five years,” said Van de Kraats by phone Oct. 23.

Rooyakkers stated she will stay on as councilor.

Van de Kraats said they had chatted before the meeting so he knew Rooyakkers wanted to step away from the job. “I hope I can do as good a job as the two previous reeves we’ve had while I’ve been on council,” said Van de Kraats.

The new reeve said he appreciated fellow councilors supporting him. “I also thank council for their support,” said Van de Kraats.

“I’m looking forward to moving in the good direction we’re currently moving in,” said the reeve.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca