City Council

Last updated: Sep. 02, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Spruce Grove's city council is made up of seven members, one mayor and six aldermen who serve four-year terms.

The current members of Spruce Grove city council are:

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Mayor Stuart Houston

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149
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Mayor Stuart Houston's enthusiasm for Spruce Grove is contagious.

"Spruce Grove is absolutely the best place to live in the capital region," says Stuart, who is now in his third term as mayor after serving six years as an alderman.

He points to the city's impressive economic development, quality services, exceptional recreational opportunities and commitment to being an environmentally responsible community as key reasons why Spruce Grove's growth has outpaced many of its municipal neighbours.

"We are a future-focused community," says Stuart, who has served on a variety of boards and committees. "We understand the importance of social, environmental and economic sustainability and put significant time and effort into developing the city using a responsible and forward-thinking approach."

Stuart recently retired from Triple Five Corporation as the structural systems supervisor for West Edmonton Mall Properties Inc. His passion for the development of community youth has seen him manage and coach several local sports organizations and he is more than proud of the many great recreational amenities in Spruce Grove, including Jubilee Park, Henry Singer Park, Fuhr Sports Park, the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre and the Border Paving Athletic Centre.

Stuart and his wife Debra have been Spruce Grove residents since 1977 and raised three children here. They are now the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.



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Alderman Louise Baxter

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149
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Ald. Louise Baxter is proud of the fact that you can get anywhere in Spruce Grove in 10 minutes or less.

"We work hard to create a feeling of connectedness in Spruce Grove," said Louise, who has lived in the community for 29 years. "Our trail system and our roadways really work together to make Spruce Grove an accessible community."

Now in her fifth term on city council, Louise wants to see Spruce Grove maintain steady, smart growth, while also looking for ways to develop the downtown core into a more pedestrian friendly area.

Affordable rental housing is also a priority for Louise, who has served on several boards and committees, including the Horizon Theatre Advisory Board, Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Mayor's Task Force on the Environment and the Capital Region Waste Management Board.

The owner of a local used bookstore, Louise and her husband Bill are parents to seven children and 11 grandchildren. They also have two dogs – Bella and Sally.

Louise enjoys cooking, travelling, relaxing at the family's cabin on Lake Nakamun and, of course, reading.


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Alderman Bill Kesanko

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149
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A former educator, Ald. Bill Kesanko enjoys taking his experience from the classroom and translating it to his work on city council.

Now in his seventh term, Bill has served on many boards and committees, including Economic Development and Tourism, the Capital Region Parkland Water Commission Board, Specialized Transit Services, Spruce Grove Library Board and the Capital Regional Waste Minimization Committee.

His focus this term will be to continue advocating for a clean, green, safe and sustainable community to help enhance the quality of life for Spruce Grove residents.

"Spruce Grove is growing," said Bill. "I want to help manage that growth through thoughtful planning."

To Bill, Spruce Grove is a vibrant and exciting community that meets residents' needs by providing quality services and amenities, including the Spruce Grove Public Library, the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre and Horizon Stage.

Bill and his wife Judy are parents to Susan and grandparents to Christopher and Kylie. When he's not taking his black lab Koal to one of the City's off-leash parks, Bill enjoys woodworking, cycling, golf and spending time with family.


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Alderman Ed McLean

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149
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After spending 34 years with Spruce Grove Fire Services, Ald. Ed McLean decided to use his retirement to continue giving back to the community.

"I wanted to find a way to continue being a part of Spruce Grove," said Ed, "and running for a position on city council was an appealing way for me to do just that."

The former fire captain turned rookie alderman wants to focus on traffic and pedestrian safety, as well as economic development, on his first term on city council.

A long-time volunteer with Spruce Grove Minor Hockey, Ed is proud of many of the city's amenities, including Jubilee Park and the Heritage Trail System.

He and his wife Pam have lived in Spruce Grove for more than 35 years, raising their four children in the community. They are now the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

When he has some free time, Ed enjoys working on old cars.


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Alderman Wayne Rothe

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149
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Ald. Wayne Rothe considers it an honour to be serving his seventh term on Spruce Grove city council. He looks forward to being able to continue to positively influence the development of his Community of Choice, a small city in which he has lived, raised his family and operated his business. He is committed to ensuring the residents of Spruce Grove are provided with the highest quality of life possible through the efficient use of our tax dollars.

"We've built a fine community and I will continue to work to make it better," Wayne says. "I came here to make a living and stayed to make a life."

Since moving here in 1975, Wayne has been an active community member and has represented the city on most of its boards and committees to which city council appoints. He's excited that both of his children have recently moved back to the community in which they were raised.

Wayne is an independent certified financial planner who enjoys working with and helping people. He is married and enjoys wine making, photography, motorcycle riding, scuba diving, movies and travelling with his wife.


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Alderman Bill Steinburg

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149

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With 18 years of city council experience under his belt, including one term as mayor, Ald. Bill Steinburg still has a passion to make a difference in Spruce Grove.

"My vision for our community includes managing growth, bringing in more affordable housing, and providing health and wellness services and programs for seniors and youth," said Bill.

Bill, who has lived in the community for 38 years, also believes in good financial controls, supporting economic development and working to improve environmental conservation and is proud to have facilities like Fuhr Sports Park and Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove.

With a background in radiology, nuclear medicine technology and diagnostic imaging, as well as a Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Toronto's University of King's College, Bill has served on many boards and committees, including the Economic Development Advisory Board, Spruce Grove Specialized Transit, Alberta Capital Region Waste Water Commission and the Affordable Housing Task Force. He has also volunteered with the Tri Region Drug Strategy Team and NeighbourLink Parkland and was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta as vice chair of the Public Health Appeal Board for eight years.

An auction aficionado, Bill also enjoys fishing, camping and renovating houses. He and his wife Helen have three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They also share their home with a yellow lab named Duke.


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Alderman Searle Turton

Phone: 780-962-7604
Fax: 780-962-0149
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With one-term on city council under his belt, Ald. Searle Turton wants to use his second term to help Spruce Grove become the premier place to do business west of Edmonton.

"I also want to to look at new and innovative ways to work with our community groups and municipal neighbours," sais Searle, who graduated from St. Thoma Aquinas High School.

A journeyman carpenter scaffolder by trade, Searle enjoys hearing from the public and community groups to find ways to make Spruce Grove the community of choice.

"My vision is for Spruce Grove to be a vibrant, sustainable community with cultural and recreational opportunities for our residents and a thriving business community," he said.

Searle has served on the Spruce Grove Library Board, Economic Development Advisory Board and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre Board in addition to being an active member of Spruce Grove Alliance Church. He was also as a trustee on Alberta's union of carpenters for two years.

Searle and his wife Amy have been married for 12 years and have two young sons – Aiden and Xavier.