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Providing Essential Services to the Communities of Lesser Slave River

With roughly 3,000 community members living across more than ten thousand square kilometres, the administrative management and support of the MD of Lesser Slave River is a major undertaking. The MD currently employs more than 75 full-time, part-time, seasonal, casual, and contract staff working within ten departments.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the only employee of Council.

The CAO is a position of authority and influence, providing an essential link between Council directives and departmental execution.

Lesser Slave River's CAO is Barry Kolenosky. Barry works closely with all stakeholders to meet the needs of our communities as economically and effectively as possible. He oversees all municipal operations and departments; developing policies and plans that guide the MD's sustained growth and development.

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The Departments That Work for You

Agricultural Services

The Agricultural Services department coordinates and delivers services to area producers in accordance with the legislated requirements of different provincial agricultural acts. This team empowers local producers with programming, information, and stewardship via the Agriculture Service Board. Consult this department for recommendations on regional weed, pest and insect control.

Assessment & Taxation

Assessment is the provincially-legislated process of placing dollar values on properties for taxation purposes. The Assessment & Taxation department is responsible for the valuation and classification of real property, personal property, and business occupancies within the MD for the purpose of distributing taxes fairly to landowners.

Community Services

The Community Services department provides essential programs and services designed to positively impact the quality of life of our residents and strengthen the social fabric of our close-knit rural communities. This team oversees programs ranging from parks & trails to supports for seniors.


Finance provides financial leadership and accountability to facilitate fiscal planning, investment and asset management. The department is responsible for administering financial management policies and practices, overseeing the MD's budget, and tracking revenue and expenditures vital to the delivery of municipal services.

Fire Services

The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service is a regional integrated and multi-jurisdictional volunteer fire department operated under one administration and command. Fire Services headquarters are located in the Town of Slave Lake, and the service is shared between the Town and the MD of Lesser Slave River.

Geographic Information Services (GIS)

The GIS department is responsible for maintaining and growing the MD's geospatial data including community and ownership maps and layered datasets containing regional tax, assessment, utility, GIS, and property information. This team also assigns addresses and approves street names within our boundaries.

Information Technology (IT)

The IT team is responsible for providing safe, reliable online access to municipal services and information so you can conveniently and securely do business with the MD. 

Landfill & Recycling

The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission provides solid waste management and recycling services to commercial and residential customers in the Lesser Slave River region of Alberta. The Town of Slave Lake and MD of Lesser Slave River are key Commission partners. The Commission operates a regional landfill 13 kilometres west of Slave Lake, and works with other landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities and related stakeholders.

Planning & Development

The Planning & Development department oversees sustainable growth and development throughout the MD, working to ensure construction and development activities meet regional and provincial requirements, including building code, zoning and other regulations.

Protective Services

Protective Services department is a supplemental enforcement agency that works to provide public security and safety to municipal infrastructure and those who use it; and to the properties served within. This team strives to keep the peace, promote public safety, and deliver quality service through education, inspection, enforcement, community relations, and emergency response.


The Transportation team maintains MD-owned roadways and related infrastructure at acceptable service levels, and enhances infrastructure as required to accommodate regional growth and economic development. Regular maintenance of MD-owned infrastructure includes road repairs, cold mix overlays, cold-mix patching, graveling, dust suppression, hydro axing, mowing, and winter activities like snow removal.


The Utilities department ensures that regional water & wastewater infrastructure meets current standards and practices; operates code-compliant systems; and responds to any questions, concerns and issues as they arise. Residents and business owners who are connected to municipal water & wastewater systems are billed monthly for these services.

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