Council Information

Roles and Responsibilities of Council and Administration

The organization structure of a county consists of two essential components: Council and Administration.


Council is the elected policy making body charged with governing the county. Council sets the vision, direction, and priorities of the County. Bylaws and policies are Council's responsibility, as is setting the levels of service that residents can expect from their municipal government

While the number of councillors may vary, all municipalities are required to have a Chief Elected Official (CEO) and a Deputy CEO. In Northern Sunrise County, the CEO is called the Reeve and is appointed from among the elected councillors, as is traditional in rural municipalities. The Deputy Reeve is also appointed from among the councillors. Residents vote for councillors in elections, and the councillors vote to decide the Reeve and the Deputy Reeve.

Northern Sunrise County has six councillors for the following wards:

  1. Harmon Valley/Reno,
  2. Nampa Rural,
  3. Marie Reine/Judah,
  4. St. Isidore,
  5. Three Creeks/Wesley Creek,
  6. Cadotte Lake/Little Buffalo.

The duties of a councillor are set out in the Municipal Government Act as follows:

  1. To consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare or interests of the county;
  2. To participate generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the county;
  3. To participate in council meetings, committee meetings and any other meetings that they are requested to attend on behalf of Council;
  4. To obtain information about the operation or administration of the county from the Chief Administrative Officer or his/her designate;
  5. To keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a council or council committee meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public;
  6. To perform any other duties imposed by legislation or required by Council.


Administration is responsible for putting Council's decisions into action. It is made up of municipal employees and is led by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), who is responsible to Council.