Two senior civil servants who stepped down to help the Progressive Conservative Party during the last provincial election have been reappointed to the jobs they quit.

Len Simms was re-appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation Tuesday.


Former PC leader Len Simms has resigned as CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. in September. ((CBC) )

Ross Reid, who also stepped down to help the PCs, was re-appointed Deputy Minister, Voluntary and Non-Profit Secretariat on the same day.

"In keeping with Provincial Government policy, they had resigned from their respective positions to work on the October 11 election campaign," said a government news release announcing a number of senior appointments to government positions.

Simms, a former PC leader and a minister in former premier Brian Peckford’s cabinet, represented the Grand Falls-Windsor area in the legislature between 1979 and 1995.

Former premier Danny Williams appointed him head of the NLHC in 2005, a role he left in 2007 to help Williams get re-elected.

He was reappointed to the position after that election, a move that critics decried as ‘obscene patronage.’

Last June, Ross Reid was named campaign manager for the Progressive Conservative Party in this fall's provincial election.


Ross Reid was the MP for St. John's East between 1988 and 1993. ((CBC))

Reid held similar positions in the previous two provincial election campaigns, including the 2003 election where he helped Danny Williams and the PC Party form the government.

Reid has also served in the provincial government in various roles.

Senior public servants must quit their jobs if they take part in election activities.

On Oct.11, the Progressive Conservatives, led by Kathy Dunderdale, won 37 of 48 districts in Newfoundland and Labrador.