Role of a Councillor

If a candidate wins a seat in the election, he or she will become a member of City Council for a four year term once he or she is sworn into office on October 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

  1. General Duties of Councillors
  2. Mayor vs. Councillor
  3. Council Meetings
  4. Committees
  5. Remuneration

The General Duties of Councillors include:

 (MGA s.153)


  • 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 municipality;
  • To participate in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
  • To participate in Council Meetings, Council Committee Meetings and meetings of other bodies to which they are appointed by Council;
  • To obtain information about the operation or administration of the municipality from the Chief Administrative Officer or a person designated by the Chief Administrative Officer;
  • To keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a Council or Council Committee Meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public;
  • To set the vision for the community and participate in budget deliberations and approval.

Other duties include:

  • Making himself/herself available to interact with the public. This can include emails, phone calls, voicemail and face to face interaction both in public and at home;
  • Reading all materials related to a Council Meeting before the meeting;
  • Bringing the views of residents forward during Council Meetings;
  • Voting on bylaws, City policies, requests for decisions, the City budget and other motions made at Council Meetings (unless she or he is exempt due to pecuniary interest, which must be stated at the time for the record);
  • Stays informed on relevant local issues and local legislation;
  • Attends and participates in community events and functions.

A Council Member shall NOT:

  • Have a veto on any motion, bylaw or decision;
  • Speak for the entire Council or the City (unless directed to do so by a decision of Council or the Mayor);
  • Direct staff or give tasks. Council has one employee only: the Chief Administrative Officer. He or she is tasked with carrying out the decisions of Council;
  • Be absent from Council or Committee Meetings without informing the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor;
    • A Council member cannot be absent from more than three meetings in a row without permission from Council; a member cannot use Skype unless authorized by the rest of Council.
  • Come to Council Meetings unprepared;
  • Spend unbudgeted or unapproved money;
  • Allocate funds or make promises regarding funds;
  • Dictate which specific businesses can or cannot operate within the City of Chestermere;
  • Reveal confidential information

If you are successfully elected, you will receive further information on your role and responsibilities as part of the new Council orientation program that will be offered in October.  

More Resources

For more information on the roles and responsibilities of Council members, review the following resources:

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