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Crowsnest Pass CAO Patrick Thomas with the Award of Excellence from the Society of Local Government Managers

Crowsnest Pass CAO Patrick Thomas recognized for service and dedication

Patrick Thomas, chief administrative officer for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, was recently honoured with the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Society of Local Government Managers. Above all, the award recognizes the positive contributions a society member makes in their community. The society is the governing body of the profession, regulating the practices of local government managers. “It’s definitely an honour and quite humbling to have been selected amongst peers from across the province,” says Thomas. “It’s a prestigious award and it’s truly special to have been selected.”

Continued pursuit of education and professional development as well as exemplary service to the local community are some of the factors that were considered in Thomas’s recognition.

Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter contributed to nominating Thomas and highlighted how hard-working and diligent he is. “We’re very proud that he was selected for this award,” says Painter. “It recognizes exemplary service and dedication to local government and to our government in particular. Patrick works very very hard for us.”

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One of the emerging themes for Thomas’s nomination was his deep care and love for the local community. “Patrick and his family just love our community,” says Painter.

Council is grateful for the clarity and attention to detail in the documents and recommendations Thomas prepares for it. Painter notes that he often includes recommendations that council may not have otherwise considered. “He really cares and he really puts a lot of effort into being the best for us.”


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Painter also notes that Thomas cares a lot about building a strong administrative team, which then serves to lead the council and the community.  “It’s a very tough award to get,” says Painter. “I know this means the world to Patrick.”

Deputy CAO Kristin Colucci was also involved in nominating Thomas for the award, highlighting not only his contributions to the community but also his volunteer work with the local government management society helping communities with emergency preparedness.  “One of the main things that differentiates him is his deep passion for the Crowsnest Pass,” she says.

Colucci explains that though many Albertan CAOs don’t last long in their communities, Patrick has been with the municipality for over 10 years and is a permanent fixture. “That kind of dedication can really improve an organization because you have that consistency from year to year,” she says.

Thomas has been CAO for seven years, since 2017, and worked previously in C.N.P. administration, with a background in engineering. He is described as providing good advice, being the go-to person for questions, and being very trusted by the council.

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According to Colucci, winning the award also puts Crowsnest Pass on the map for other CAOs of Alberta, showing that positive things are happening in the area.

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