Elections New Brunswick

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) administers elections to ensure they are fair and free of political influence as set out in the Elections Act. In addition, the Chief Electoral Officer holds the position of Supervisor of Political Financing and oversees compliance with the Political Process Financing Act.  In New Brunswick, the CEO is also the Municipal Electoral Officer, and as such is responsible for all municipal, district education council, regional health authority elections and plebiscites conducted under the Municipal Elections Act.  As an officer of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, the CEO must be non-partisan and may not vote in any election.


Kimberly Poffenroth, the current Chief Electoral Officer, began her 10 year appointment as a Legislative Officer in March 2017.

She most recently served as Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Chief Legislative Counsel, a post she held from October 2010.

Ms. Poffenroth received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Brunswick in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws from the same university in 1995. After clerking with the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, she was admitted to the New Brunswick bar in 1996.

She started her career with the Province of New Brunswick in 1998, when she joined the Legislative Services Branch of the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General as Legislative Counsel.

A native of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Ms. Poffenroth is married and has one daughter.

Kimberly Poffenroth 2017 - present
Michael P. Quinn 2007 - 2017
Annise Hollies 2000 - 2007
Barbara J. Landry 1991 - 2000
Henry G. Irwin 1991
Scovil S. Hoyt 1989 - 1991
Luc LeBrun 1984 - 1987
Lloyd H. Nickerson 1972 - 1984
Donald Whalen 1967 - 1970
Paul Bourque  
Sam Fields 

*The Chief Electoral Officer also held the position of Supervisor of Political Financing starting in 2008