FREDERICTON (GNB) – A national recruitment process is underway for New Brunswick’s next commissioner of official languages.

“Legislative officers, such as the official languages commissioner, play an important role in providing an independent voice for New Brunswickers,” said Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Don Forestell. “We are committed to filling this role with the most qualified candidate.”

A selection committee has been established to identify qualified candidates and to submit a list of candidates to the Legislative Assembly. The selection committee is comprised of Judy Wagner, clerk of the Executive Council (or a person designated by the clerk); Don Forestell, clerk of the Legislative Assembly (or a person designated by the clerk); Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Brigitte Robichaud; and Michael Marin, associate dean and associate professor at the University of New Brunswick’s faculty of law.

Interested individuals have until Aug. 10 to apply for the position. The application, along with information on the qualifications and conditions for this position, is available online.

Former Official Languages Commissioner Michel A. Carrier has been appointed as the interim commissioner, effective today, while an independent process selects a replacement for Katherine d’Entremont. She retired on July 22 after 37 years in public service. She was appointed commissioner of official languages on June 14, 2013.

The position of commissioner of official languages was established in 2002 under the Official Languages Act. The commissioner reports to the legislature and is responsible for an annual report to the legislative assembly. The commissioner is mandated to investigate complaints under the Official Languages Act, to report on and make recommendations on compliance with the act, and to promote the advancement of both official languages in the province.