List of County Governors of Hordaland

This is a list of the County Governors of Hordaland county in Norway. The office of County Governor is a government agency of the Kingdom of Norway. The title was Amtmann (before 1919) and then Fylkesmann (after 1919). On 1 January 2019, the office was merged with the County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane into the County Governor of Vestland.

Hordaland coat of arms
Norway

The large Bergenhus stiftamt was established in 1660 by the King and it had several subordinate counties (amt) including Bergenhus amt. In 1662, a stiftamtmann was named for Bergenhus stiftamt (see List of Diocesan Governors of Bergen). Then in 1681, the first amtmann of Bergenhus county was named. In 1763, the northern part of the county was split off to become Nordre Bergenhus amt and the southern part that remained was renamed Søndre Bergenhus amt. The seat of the amt was at Bergen. In 1871, the city of Bergen was split off as a separate county. Bergen and Søndre Bergenhus counties shared a County Governor from 1919-1972. In 1919, the Søndre Bergenhus county was renamed Hordaland. In 1972, Bergen county was merged back into Hordaland. In 2020, Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane counties were merged into Vestland county.

The county governor is the government's representative in the county. The governor carries out the resolutions and guidelines of the Storting and Government. This is done first by the county governor performing administrative tasks on behalf of the ministries. Secondly, the county governor also monitors the activities of the municipalities and is the appeal body for many types of municipal decisions.

NamesEdit

The word for county (amt or fylke) has changed over time as has the name of the county. From 1681 until 1762, the title was Amtmann i Bergenhus amt. From 1763 until 1918, the title was Amtmann i Søndre Bergenhus amt. From 1 January 1919 until 1 January 2019, the title was Fylkesmann i Hordaland fylke.

List of County GovernorsEdit

Hordaland county has had the following governors:[1][2][3]

County Governors of Hordaland
Start End Name
1681 10 Oct
1690
Laurids Lindenov (1650–1690)


1691 1697 Hans Nielsen (c. 1630–1697)


1697 1702 Axel Rosenkrantz (1670–1723)  
1702 1704 Christian Stockfleth (1639–1704)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1704 1704 Mats de Tonsberg (1638–1705)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1704 1710 Vilhelm de Tonsberg (1680–1731)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1710 1711 Edvard Hammond (1688–1711)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1711 1728 Andreas Undall (1669–1728)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1728 1738 Wilhelm August von der Osten (1697–1764)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt (1728-1732).



1738 1741 Christian Bagger (1692–1741)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1741 1749 Christian Møinichen (1683–1749)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1743 1744 Jonas Lym (1679–1760)
Acting for Møinichen



1749 1766 Ulrik Fredrik de Cicignon (1698–1772)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1766 1768 Jørgen Erik Skeel (1737–1795)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1768 1772 Christian Petersen (1701–1775
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1772 1774 Albrecht Philip von Levetzau (1744–1817)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt



1774 1789 Christian de Schouboe (1737–1789)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.



1789 1802 Frederik Hauch (1754–1839)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1802 1815 Johan Randulf Bull (1749–1829)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1815 1825 Wilhelm Frimann Koren Christie (1778–1849)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1825 1827 Christian Magnus Falsen (1782–1830)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1829 1831 Georg Jacob Bull (1785–1854)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt.
 
1831 1834 Edvard Hagerup (1781–1853)  
1834 1850 Jens Schydtz (1792–1859)


1850 1860 Niels Petersen Vogt (1817–1894)  
1860 1869 Hans Thomas Meinich (1819–1878)  
1869 1877 Niels Mathias Rye (1824–1905)
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt (1871-1877).



1878 1897 Claus Nieuwejaar Worsøe (1822–1906)
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt.



1898 1918 Hroar Olsen (1859–1941)
Served concurrently as Stiftamtmann for Bergen stiftamt (1907-1918).
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt.



1918 1929 Kristian Friis Petersen (1867–1932)
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt.
 
1929 1933 Ernst Andreas Johannesen (1870–1957)
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt.



1934 1949 Gjert Lindebrækk (1879–1960)
Replaced from 1941-1945 by the WWII occupied government.

Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt.



1941 1941 Ketil Gjerløv Fleischer Harnoll (1909–1974)
(WWII occupied government)



1941 1 July
1944
Christian Astrup (1909–1983)
(WWII occupied government)



1 July
1944
May
1945
Ole Eberhard Rømcke (1899–1968)
(WWII occupied government)



1949 1966 Mons Lid (1896–1967)
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt.



1966 1984 Lars Leiro (1914–2005)
Served concurrently as Amtmann for Bergen amt (1966-1972).



1984 1998 Håkon Randal (1930–2012)


1998 1 April
2010
Svein Alsaker (1940–present)  
1 April
2010
1 June
2010
Rune Fjeld (1951–present)
(Acting governor)



1 June
2010
31 Dec
2018
Lars Sponheim (1957–present)  
Office abolished on 1 January 2019.
See List of County Governors of Vestland

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cahoon, Ben (2000). "Norwegian Counties". Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  2. ^ "Stiftamtmenn, amtmenn og fylkesmenn 1814-1994" (in Norwegian). regjeringen.no. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  3. ^ Berg, Ole T., ed. (2016-06-13). "Fylkesmenn og amtmenn (stiftamtmenn) siden 1671". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2020-01-25.