The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (OCEO) was opened in 1977. The OCEO's mandate is to:
- administer open, fair, and impartial elections;
- provide voters with the necessary information and means to participate in the democratic process;
- provide political participants with the necessary information and assistance to comply with election rules;
- provide voters and political participants with a high standard of professionalism, courtesy and customer service;
- provide information and training to election officers to ensure impartial service delivery, compliance with election procedures and the successful conduct of electoral events;
- embrace partnership opportunities and innovative ideas by adopting best practices and new technologies from the service, business, and election communities; and
- support a positive, respectful, cohesive and self-rewarding work environment where individual aspirations can be achieved.
This mandate is currently met by sixteen full-time staff.
Returning Officers are appointed by the Chief Electoral Officer to conduct electoral events.
A significant dedication of time is required to develop the framework for effectively training and equipping the 16,000-plus Albertans who are employed during an election. Click here to read our vision, mission statement, and mandate, or to view our organization chart.
Section 3(3) of the Election Act states: the appointment of the Chief Electoral Officer of Alberta expires 12 months after polling day for a general election unless he is re-appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council prior to that date on the recommendation of the Standing Committee.
Acting Chief Electoral Officer
Former Chief Electoral Officers
O. Brian Fjeldheim December 2009 - April 2013
Lorne R. Gibson June 2006 - March 2009
O. Brian Fjeldheim October 1998 - November 2005
Dermot F. Whelan September 1994 - March 1998
Patrick D. Ledgerwood August 1985 - June 1994
Kenneth A. Wark September 1977 - August 1985