February 23, 2006
New Chief Electoral
Officer, Commissioner of Members� Interests
Premier Danny Williams announced today
that during the spring session of the House of Assembly, the government
will ask the House to approve a resolution appointing Charles J. Furey
as the next Chief Electoral Officer for the province, effective May 1.
Should the resolution not be passed by May 1, Mr. Furey will occupy the
position on an acting basis until the House votes on the resolution.
The premier also announced that the government will propose to the House
that Mr. Furey be appointed as the Commissioner of Members� Interests.
�On behalf of government, I thank Mr. Furey for accepting the challenge
of the responsibilities for these positions,� the Premier said. �His
extensive experience as a Cabinet minister and legislator, as well as
his involvement in government affairs at the federal level, make him an
excellent candidate as an officer of the House of Assembly in these
Mr. Furey will succeed Wayne Green, Chief Electoral Officer and
Commissioner for Members� Interests since 2001, who is retiring from the
provincial public service.
�We extend to Mr. Green government�s sincere appreciation for his many
years of dedication to serving the interests of the province, as well as
our very best wishes for the future,� the premier said.
The Chief Electoral Officer operates under the Elections Act 1991 and is
responsible for exercising general direction and supervision over the
administrative conduct of elections and enforcing fairness, impartiality
and compliance with the act. The Commissioner for Members� Interests
operates under the House of Assembly Act and is responsible for
monitoring, investigating and reporting on the compliance of Members of
the House of Assembly with conflict of interest legislation.
Media contact: Elizabeth Matthews, Office of the Premier, (709)
Charles J. Furey attended Memorial University, and graduated from St.
Francis Xavier University with bachelor degrees in arts and education.
First elected to the House of Assembly in 1985, Mr. Furey served five
consecutive terms as MHA for the District of St. Barbe. During that
time, he served as Cabinet minister in several portfolios � Minister of
Development; Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology; Minister of
Mines and Energy; and, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. He
also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of Cabinet for 10 years, and
was a member of the Priorities and Planning Committee.
After leaving the public sector in 2000, Mr. Furey pursued business
interests in the private sector.
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