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Alberta academic named BC's next Chief Electoral Officer

A day after New Democratic Party MLA's complained about "undue delay" in appointing a new Chief Electoral Officer, that appointment has been announced.

John van Dongen, who chaired the bi-partisan committee to find a new CEO, tabled a report in the legislature saying Keith Archer has been chosen to do the job.

Archer is a professor of political science at the University of Calgary and the director of research at the Banff Centre, van Dongen said. His curriculum vitae takes 19 pages.

Harry Neufeld's term as CEO ended in June, 2010. The position has since been filled on an interim basis by legislative clerk Craig James, who was appointed by the government without the unanimous consent of the legislature.

"We are delighted to support this appointment," said the NDP's Sue Hammell, the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers and deputy chair of the selection committee.

The appointment begins on Sept. 1, 2011.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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