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May 16, 2006

Committee Recommends Lorne R. Gibson
as Alberta’s new Chief Electoral Officer

Edmonton—The all-party Select Special Search Committee charged with selecting a new Chief Electoral Officer has recommended the appointment of Lorne R. Gibson, effective June 12, 2006.
 
“The caliber of applicants for this committee was extremely high,” said Janis Tarchuk, Banff-Cochrane MLA and chair of the search committee.  “The committee’s decision was based on the specific criteria it established, and the committee is confident in its candidate of choice being recommended for the position of Chief Electoral Officer.”

Tarchuk tabled the committees report May 11. The government motion to concur was passed May 16.

Lorne Gibson, who was chosen from 44 candidates, has served the past eight years as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer with Elections Manitoba. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gibson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology and Master of Arts degree majoring in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. He has taught various undergraduate courses in sociology, criminology, research methods and statistics over a 15-year period at the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba and Winnipeg.

For 25 years, Gibson held progressively senior management positions with Manitoba’s Department of Government Services and the Department of Highways and Transportation. He held positions as: Coordinator of Planning and Research with the Emergency Measures Organization; Manager of Policy, Legislation and Research with Driver and Vehicle licensing; Director of Corporate services with the Transportation Policy Division; and Executive Director of Administration with Government Services.

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (Elections Alberta) is a non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, responsible for the administration of the Elections Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act and the Senatorial Selection Act.

The Chief Electoral Officer is appointed by the Legislature.


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Bev Alenius, Executive Assistant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office of the Speaker
Phone: 427-2464
Email: bev.alenius@assembly.ab.ca


Janis Tarchuk, MLA Banff-Cochrane
phone: (780) 415-0993

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