The City of Lloydminster has hired a new director of community services.
Don Stang, a seven-year veteran of city hall and former general manager of engineering services, is stepping into the new position. He first got word that he would be filling the role in January.
“I’m excited to be a part of that directors team,” he said. “When I put my application in, in the back of my mind I hoped that I would get it. I knew I had a lot of skills to apply to this role. You’re always surprised when you get a call and say you’ve been selected… Its new and exciting.”
Stang started working at the city in 2004 as an engineering program technologist. After three and a half years he left the city for a job with Atco Electric. In 2010 he returned to Lloydminster as a project manager with engineering services and in 2012 he was promoted to general manager. It was a position he held until his latest assignment as director of community services.
In his new role, Stang will be overseeing the Department of Community Services. This includes the Departments of Public Safety, Cultural and Social Services, Parks and Recreation, and Facilities.
“My first plans are to meet with each of the general mangers in each of the four divisions and getting a better understanding of where they are, what their priorities are, what some of the issues are and create a game plan to move forward to achieving their priorities within the corporate plan,” he said.
Some of the projects that now fall into Stang’s portfolio include the new Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre building design, the Russ Robertson Arena expansion and a facilities master plan.
“I’ve been with the city for a little over seven years, so I understand how a lot of the city functions,” he said. “I have a very good understanding of their capital project process. I’ve been involved in that primarily for the last four years in a fairly front-line role.”
As director, Stang acts as the link between his department and city council, and has a hand in supervising departmental budgets and helping his general managers facilitate projects.
“I have an open-door policy,” he said of his leadership style. “I like to lead by example, being supporting and encouraging and being there for my employees and giving them the tools they need to be successful.”