County Mayor's records

Council member portraits District Plan, Halifax County, Nova Scotia: also the Town of Bedford formerly District 17

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County Mayor's records

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312-92A

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  • 1976-1996 (Creation)

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6.12 m of textual records
44 photographs: colour and black and white
7 maps

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The Halifax County Court of General Sessions of the Peace oversaw local administration until the 1879 County Incorporation Act replaced it with an eleted municipal council. The Council of the County of Halifax consisted of one representative for each county district, thirty-one at the time. A warden was then elected from amongst the councillors, by the councillors, to serve as chief executive officer of the council. The number of councillors changed throughout the years to reflect changes in district boundaries. In 1992 the County of Halifax was granted a Charter, changing the title of Warden to Mayor. The last Warden and first Mayor of the County of Halifax was Laszlo Lichter, followed by Mayor Randy Ball. The duties of the Mayor remained the same, acting as Chair of council.

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The boundaries of Halifax County were established in 1759 and were much larger than what became known as Halifax County, as Sydney, Pictou and Colchester Counties were removed. The Halifax County Court of General Sessions of the Peace oversaw local administration until the 1879 County Incorporation Act replaced it with an eleted municipal council. Council consisted of one representative for each county district, thirty-one at the time. A warden was then elected from amongst the councillors, by the councillors, to serve as chief executive officer of the council. The number of councillors changed throughout the years to reflect changes in district boundaries. On 1 April 1996, the Municipality of the County of Halifax amalgamated with the City of Halifax, the City of Dartmouth, and the Town of Bedford to form Halifax Regional Municipality. Colonel J.W. Laurie from Waverley was the county’s first warden. For a complete list of the county’s wardens, and biographical information pertaining to them, see http://www.halifax.ca/council/mayor/FormerMayors.html#County.

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Series consists of records created and accumulated by the Mayor/ Warden of the County of Halifax.

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