The Intern Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the Intern's
activities and for acting as a mentor throughout the course of the
program. Rod Hawken, the County's Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
(CAO), serves as the County's Intern Supervisor and has been in charge
of overseeing all of the County's previous 9 interns.
Experience in Local Government
Rod has 28 years of experience in local government. He spent 14 years
in the Municipal District of Provost, where he spent 6 years in the
Finance department and 8 years as the CAO. In February 2002, Rod moved
to the County of Wetaskiwin where he spent 5 years as Director of
Finance and in February 2007 took on the position of Assistant CAO.
Education & Other Professional Experience
Rod graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Computer Programming. Rod also has his Certificate in Local Government Administration through the University of Alberta's Faculty of Extension.
Rod also has experience in the private industry having spent 5 years as owner/operator of a retail food outlet, a video store, and a liquor store.
Rod married his high school
sweetheart, Debbie, over 29 years ago and together they have 3 children.
Debbie works at the library at a local school. Rod is very active in
the community and loves coaching minor hockey and baseball. Rod's
hobbies include golfing, gambling, making the Intern pay for lunch,
camping and pretending he knows how to play sports.
Rod's Views on the Internship
"The Internship Program is a positive experience for both the employer and the Intern. The program serves to fill a blackhole that exists for getting new people in municipal administration and opens doors for the younger generation for a lifetime career. The Internship is a great opportunity to learn while making a generous wage. There is also ample occasion to network with peers and senior administrators, which is an essential component to municipal administration. The program gives the Intern a well-rounded look at each department allowing the Intern to find out both what does and does not interest them. The County of Wetaskiwin is a great place to learn and to make a difference due to its proactive leadership and its vision for growth for the future. The creative and generous corporate culture makes the County the ideal place for an Intern to get the optimal Internship experience."