Municipal Administrators (CAO)

Under the authority of the Municipal Government Act, council must appoint a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The CAO is the administrative head of the municipality and is responsible for the day to day operations of the municipality which includes managing municipal staff, preparing materials for council meetings, and acting as the primary advisor for council.  Council provides direction for the CAO through bylaws and policies.

The following links provide more information specific for Municipal Administrators:


Municipal Advisory Services

Alberta Municipal Affairs provide support to municipal councillors and administrators in the form of workshops and advisory visits as follows:

Workshops may be provided upon the request of municipalities. Neighbouring municipalities are encouraged to coordinate regional sessions to ensure the attendance of approximately 20 - 40 participants for efficiency purposes and cost effectiveness. In specific instances, support sessions may be customized to accommodate specific needs of council or administration in a community. Municipal advisory services are presented at no charge to municipalities. Please call Municipal Advisory Services at (780) 427-2225 - toll free by dialing 310-0000 first for more information.

Municipal Dispute Resolution Services

Municipal Dispute Resolution Services hosts a variety of workshops which are offered to municipal staff, elected officials, and community leaders to enhance skills in negotiation, public input, and workplace conflict management. More information on workshops and registration is available here.

Planning Services

The Planning unit is not offering courses/workshops this budget year but does have a Subdivision Appeal Board Manual available online here.

Municipal Government Act - Facts

Click here to view some common topics of interest in the MGA

Municipal advisors are available to assist local government officials and the public with expert advice on all matters concerning  municipal administration, governance and finance. Advisors may be contacted during regular business hours by calling (780) 427-2225 - toll free by dialing 310-0000 first.

  • Date modified: 2017-02-03