PC campaign organizers reappointed
Civil servants who quit given jobs back
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.
"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.
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.