Kate Ryan-Lloyd appointed as clerk of B.C. legislature

B.C. legislators gave a standing ovation to the new clerk of the legislature Monday after voting in favour of her appointment.

Kate Ryan-Lloyd, formerly the deputy clerk, took on the job in an acting role after former clerk Craig James was suddenly suspended and escorted out of the building in 2018 over spending improprieties.

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The legislature struck a search committee and held a national open competition for the job, but settled on Ryan-Lloyd as the top choice.

Her husband and their three children were in the public gallery to watch the house confirm her appointment.

She’s B.C.’s first woman clerk and has almost 30 years’ experience at the legislature, starting as a librarian and then working in the clerk’s office in various roles.

The clerk is effectively the CEO of the legislature, reporting to the Speaker and the legislative assembly.

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