Chief administrative officer

A Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is a top-tier executive who supervises the daily operations of an organization and is ultimately responsible for its performance.

Government and nonprofit

A Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for administrative management of private, public or governmental organizations and the de facto head of the organization.

In a municipal context, the title is usually used as an alternative for city manager,[1] county administrator, or county executive, particularly in cases where the position does not include powers such as the authority to appoint or dismiss department heads.[2]

In the United Kingdom, CAOs of public companies must be chartered secretaries (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), lawyers, certified/chartered accountants, or others with equivalent experience.

Non-government corporations

The CAO is one of the highest-ranking members of an organization, managing daily operations and usually reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. In some companies, the CAO is also the president. It is very similar to a Chief Operating Officer but is not the same as a Chief Executive Officer, which is a more senior title in for-profit corporations.

United Nations

At the United Nations, the secretary-general is the de facto head of the United Nations. According to the United Nations: Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesman for the interests of the world's peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable among them. The Charter also empowers the Secretary-General to "bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security". These guidelines both define the powers of the office and grant it considerable scope for action. One of the most vital roles played by the Secretary-General is the use of his "good offices", steps taken publicly and in private, drawing upon his independence, impartiality and integrity, to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading.

The secretary-general appoints all staff at the United Nations.


In Brunei, Chief Administrative Officer was the highest rank of governmental officers in Japanese occupied Brunei under the Japanese Governor. The first Chief Administrative Officer was Inche Ibrahim (known later as Pehin Datu Perdana Menteri Dato Laila Utama Awang Haji Ibrahim), a former Secretary to the British Resident, Ernest Edgar Pengilly.


  1. ^ Plunkett, Th. City Management in Canada. Institute of Public Administration of Canada. p. 1. ISBN 0-920715-10-9.
  2. ^ Martin, David L. (1990-05-30). Running City Hall. University of Alabama Press. p. 72. ISBN 0-8173-0465-7.
Adjutant general

An adjutant general is a military chief administrative officer.

Blake Miguez

Blake John Miguez (born November 1981) is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Iberia and Vermilion parishes. He won a special election on February 21, 2015, to succeed Simone B. Champagne, who resigned to become the chief administrative officer for the city of Youngsville in Lafayette Parish.

Miguez, the president and CEO of SeaTran Marine, defeated fellow Republican John Robert Bering (born March 1959) of Jeanerette in Iberia Parish, a United States Army veteran who works as a helicopter pilot servicing the Gulf of Mexico.Miguez is a competitive shooter, a grand master of the United States Practical Shooting Association. He has competed in the first season of the History Channel's marksmen competition Top Shot.

Board of selectmen

The board of selectmen or select board is commonly the executive arm of the government of New England towns in the United States. The board typically consists of three or five members, with or without staggered terms. Three is the most common number, historically. In some places, a first selectman is appointed to head the board, often by election.

Chapter XV of the United Nations Charter

Chapter XV of the United Nations Charter deals with the UN Secretariat. It designates the UN Secretary-General as the chief administrative officer of the organization, which includes the staff of ECOSOC, the Trusteeship Council, and other organs. Similarly to how the US Constitution requires the US President to deliver a State of the Union address to the US Congress, Article 98 of the UN Charter requires the Secretary-General to "make an annual report to the General Assembly on the work of the Organization." Article 101 specifies criteria for employment at the UN, stating, "The paramount consideration in the employment of the staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible." Chapter XV is analogous to Article 6 of the Covenant of the League of Nations.

Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives

The Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives (CAO) is the chief administrative officer of the United States House of Representatives, charged with carrying out administrative functions for the House, including human resources, information resources, payroll, finance, procurement, and other business services.

Along with the other House officers, the Chief Administrative Officer is elected every two years when the House organizes for a new Congress. The majority and minority party conferences (the Democratic Caucus of the United States House of Representatives and Republican Conference of the United States House of Representatives) nominate candidates for the House officer positions after the election of the Speaker of the House. The full House adopts a resolution to elect the officers, who will begin serving the Membership after they have taken the oath of office.

The office of the CAO was first created during the 104th Congress, which met from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 1997. It replaced the position of the Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives, which was abolished at the same time. Scot Faulkner of West Virginia served as the first CAO. During his tenure he led the reform of the scandal-plagued House financial system, abolished the Folding Room, and privatized Postal operations, printing, and shoe repair. Mr. Faulkner's office also implemented the first House Intranet (CyberCongress) and expanded digital camera coverage of the House Chamber and committee rooms. Faulkner's reform efforts are chronicled in the books Naked Emperors (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., February 2008; ISBN 0-7425-5881-9) and Inside Congress (Pocket Books, August 1998; ISBN 0-671-00386-0].

The current CAO, Phil Kiko, took office on August 1, 2016.

Chief Justice of Nepal

The Chief Justice of Nepal (Nepali: प्रधान न्यायाधीश) is the head of the judicial branch of Nepal and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal. The Chief Justice is the highest judicial officer in the country, and acts as a chief administrative officer for all the judicial system.

The current Chief Justice is Cholendra Shumsher Rana, who took over the role on 2 January 2019.

Chief Justice of Pakistan

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (initials as CJP) is the head of the court system of Pakistan (the judicature branch of government) and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Chief Justice is the senior most of 17 Senior Justices of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. From 1947 until 1960, the chief justice and senior justices were known as Federal Judge.The Chief Justice is the chief administrative officer of the country's court system and the highest judicial officer, ranking immediately above the Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court, and is responsible for supervising federal judicial policies, and conducting judicial business in the Supreme Court.Nomination for the appointment of the Chief Justice is made by Prime Minister of Pakistan, and final appointments are confirmed by the President of Pakistan. Presiding over the oral arguments before the court, the Chief Justice has significant agenda-setting power over meetings of the Supreme Court. In modern tradition, the Chief Justice has the ceremonial duty of administering the oath of office of the President of Pakistan.The first Chief Justice was Sir Abdul Rashid. The current Chief Justice is Asif Saeed Khan Khosa; incumbent since 18 January 2019.

City manager

A city manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of a city, in a council–manager form of city government. Local officials serving in this position are sometimes referred to as the chief executive officer (CEO) or chief administrative officer (CAO) in some municipalities.

Dear Colleague letter (United States)

A "Dear Colleague" letter is an official correspondence which is sent by a Member, committee, or officer of the United States House of Representatives or United States Senate and which is distributed in bulk to other congressional offices. A "Dear Colleague" letter may be circulated in paper form through internal mail, distributed on a chamber floor, or sent electronically."Dear Colleague" letters are often used to encourage others to cosponsor, support, or oppose a bill. "Dear Colleague" letters concerning a bill or resolution generally include a description of the legislation or other subject matter along with a reason or reasons for support or opposition. Senders or signatories of such letters become identified with the particular issue. "Dear Colleague" letters can also create an "unofficial link" in the Capitol Hill information chain.Additionally, "Dear Colleague" letters are used to inform Members and their offices about events connected to congressional business or modifications to House or Senate operations. The Committee on House Administration and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, for example, routinely circulate "Dear Colleague" letters to Members concerning matters that affect House or Senate operations, such as House changes to computer password policies or a reminder about Senate restrictions on mass mailings prior to elections.These letters frequently begin with the salutation "Dear Colleague." The length of such correspondence varies, with a typical "Dear Colleague" running one to two pages."Dear Colleague" letters have also been used by a number of executive agencies, often to make statements on policy or to otherwise disseminate information.

Jeffrey W. Bullock

Jeffrey W. Bullock is the Secretary of State of Delaware, and Delaware's 80th Secretary of State.

When Tom Carper served as Governor of Delaware, Bullock was his chief of staff. In 2006, New Castle County Executive Chris Coons appointed Bullock to be the county's chief administrative officer. Governor Jack Markell appointed Bullock as Secretary of State in January 2009.Bullock is from Claymont, Delaware. Secretary Bullock holds a degree from the University of Delaware in Economics and Political Science. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, a dog, and a cat.

Joe Fratesi

Joe Fratesi is the former mayor and former chief administrative officer of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Serving as Sault Ste. Marie's mayor from 1986 to 1996, he was the longest-serving mayor in Sault Ste. Marie's history, breaking the record that W. John McMeeken had held since 1945.On January 29, 1990, during his term as mayor, the city council approved a resolution making English the sole working language of city government. The council's decision, which Fratesi had strongly supported, caused controversy within the town and across Canada. He was re-elected by a landslide in 1991, although many prominent politicians, such as Bob Rae and Brian Mulroney, refused to meet with Fratesi on unrelated matters due to his stance.

He was involved in a conflict of interest controversy in 1995 when he applied for and got the post of chief administrative officer while still sitting as mayor. The Ontario Superior Court banned Fratesi from running for municipal officer for six years following a finding he had been in conflict of interest by applying for the chief administrative position while still holding the mayoral office. After stepping down as mayor, he was briefly replaced by Michael Sanzosti before former MP Steve Butland was elected in a special 1996 byelection. He retired as chief administrative officer in 2015.

Kathy Jennings

Kathleen Jennings is an American attorney and politician. She is the current Attorney General of Delaware.

Jennings graduated from the Villanova University School of Law in 1978. She worked for the Delaware Department of Justice for twenty years as a state prosecutor and chief deputy attorney general. Among other cases, she successfully tried serial killer Steven Brian Pennell. In 1995, she and Charles Oberly opened their own law firm.Jennings served as Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County for one year. She resigned in January 2018 to run for Attorney General of Delaware. She won the Democratic Party nomination. She defeated Bernard Pepukayi in the general election, and was sworn into office on January 1, 2019.

Lethbridge City Council

The Lethbridge City Council is the legislative governing body that represents the citizens of Lethbridge, Alberta. Eight councillors and the mayor comprise the council. The mayor is the city's chief elected official and the city manager is its chief administrative officer. For the 2017–2021 term, the mayor is Chris Spearman and the councillors are Mark Campbell, Jeff Carlson, Jeffrey Coffman, Belinda Crowson, Blaine Hyggen, Joseph Mauro, Rob Miyashiro, and Ryan Parker.

Municipal clerk

A clerk is a senior official of many municipal governments in the English-speaking world. In some communities, including most in the United States, the position is elected, but in many others, the clerk is appointed to their post. In almost all cases, the actual title of the clerk reflects the type of municipality he or she works for, thus, instead of simply being known as the clerk, the position is generally referred to as the town clerk, township clerk, city clerk, village clerk, borough clerk, board secretary, or county clerk. Other titles also exist, such as recorder. The office has existed for centuries, though in some places it is now being merged with other positions.

The duties of a municipal clerk vary even more than their titles. Particularly in the United States, it is difficult to fully describe a clerk's duties, because there are hundreds of different jobs a clerk may fulfill. In some U.S. states, there are provisions in the state constitutions delineating the clerk's duties, but in other states, each municipality decides for itself what role the clerk plays, or even, if there need be a clerk at all.

Oakland City Council

The Oakland City Council is an elected governing body representing the City of Oakland, California.

Since 1998, Oakland has had a mayor-council government. The mayor is elected for a four-year term. The Oakland City Council has eight council members representing seven districts in Oakland with one member elected at-large; council members serve staggered four-year terms. The mayor appoints a city administrator, subject to the confirmation by the City Council, who is the chief administrative officer of the city. Other city officers include: city attorney (elected), city auditor (elected), and city clerk (appointed by city administrator). Oakland's Mayor is subject to a tenure limited to two terms. There are no term limits for the city council.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is an agency of the state of Oklahoma responsible for managing and protecting Oklahoma's wildlife population and their habitats. The Department is under the control of the Wildlife Conservation Commission, an 8-member board appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. All members serve eight-year terms. The Commission, in turn, appoints a Director to serve as the chief administrative officer of the Department.

The current Director of the Department of Wildlife Conservation is Richard Hatcher.

The Department was created in 1956 during the term of Governor Raymond D. Gary by an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution.

Oklahoma Tax Commission

The Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) is the Oklahoma state government agency that collects taxes and enforces the taxation and revenue laws of the state. The Commission is composed of three members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate. The Commissioners are charged with oversight of the agency but appoint an Executive Director to serve as the chief administrative officer of the Commission and to oversee the general practices of the Commission.

The Tax Commission was created in 1931 during the term of Governor of Oklahoma William H. Murray.

Robin Kelly

Robin Lynne Kelly (born April 30, 1956) is an American politician from Illinois who has served as the U.S. Representative from Illinois's 2nd congressional district since 2013. A Democrat, Kelly served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2003-07. She then served as chief of staff for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias until 2010. She was the 2010 Democratic nominee for State Treasurer, but was defeated in the general election. Prior to running for Congress, Kelly served as the Cook County Chief Administrative Officer.

After winning the Democratic primary, she won the 2013 special election to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Svein Lundevall

Svein Lundevall (born 28 May 1944) is a Norwegian civil servant.

He was born in Oslo and grew up in Hermansverk and Førde. He completed his secondary education in Sandane. He studied at the University of Oslo and Lund University, and took the cand.polit. degree in 1975. He worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance from 1971 to 1977. In 1977, he became the chief administrative officer (fylkesrådmann) of Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality. He held the position for twenty years, until 1997. He later worked as a consultant.In 1993, he applied unsuccessfully, for the position as County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane. After resigning as chief administrative officer, he applied unsuccessfully for the positions of chief administrative officer in Porsgrunn, chief administrative officer in Vindafjord, and director of Innlandet health trust.Lundevall was the chair of Vestlandsforskning in Sogndal from 1985 to 1990. He now lives in the village of Olden in Stryn.

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