Council meetings are open to the public and are usually held the third Wednesday of every month in the Council Chambers. If you wish to speak to Council as a delegation, please contact the Village Office one week prior to the meeting.  
Village of Bawlf Council Members

Mayor John DeMerchant

Ph (780) 373-3445
[email protected]

Councillor Ron Aschenbrenner
Ph (403) 540-9788
[email protected]

Councillor Robert MacDonald
Ph (780) 281-0406

Councillor Wendy Aschenbrenner
Ph (403) 815-9123

Councillor Mario Guillemette
Ph (780) 281-2220

Roles and Responsibilities of Officials in a Local Government

Council Roles and Responsibilities

The council is the governing body of the municipal corporation and the custodian of its powers, both legislative and administrative. The Municipal Government Act provides that councils can only exercise the powers of the municipal corporation in the proper form, either by bylaw or resolution.

The councillor's job is to work with other council members to set the overall direction of the municipality through their role as a policy maker. The policies that council sets are the guidelines for administration to follow as it does the job of running a municipality. A councillor will spend a lot of time while on council creating new policies and programs or reviewing the current ones to make sure they are working as they should.

The Chief Elected Official (CEO): Mayor
The CEO role includes:

  Chairperson of council
  Consensus seeker amongst members of council
  Liaison with senior staff
  Advisor to council
  Ex officio member on various boards and committees
  Key representative with regard to ceremonial responsibilities
  Liaison with other levels of government
  Advice with regard to policy development 

A deputy CEO will assume this role if the CEO is not available.

The Councillors

Under the Municipal Government Act, councillors have the following duties:

  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 generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality
  To participate in council meetings and council committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which they are appointed by the council
  To obtain information about the operation or administration of the municipality from the chief administrative officer
  To keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a council committee meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public
  To perform any other duty or function imposed on councillors by this or any other enactment or by the council. 
Hours of Operation
Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:00am -4:00pm
Closed from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Box 40
203 Hanson Street
Bawlf, AB
T0B 0J0
Phone : 780-373-3797

Fax: 780-373-3798