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House law clerk steps down after just 9 months on the job

Wanted: One parliamentary law clerk. Yes, again. 

Less than a year after accepting the post of Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, Richard Fujarczuk has stepped down for "personal and medical reasons," according to a notice sent out by House of Commons Clerk Audrey O'Brien earlier today.

Fujarczuk, who previously served as general counsel at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) was named to the senior parliamentary post last spring.

His immediate predecessor, Rob Walsh, held the job from 1999 until his retirement in 2013. 

Under the current rules, it will be up to the Prime Minister's Office to kickstart the selection process, although traditionally, all party leaders are consulted, at least informally, due to the nature of the gig. 

(The law clerk, like all table officers, is, ultimately, a servant of the House.)   

In the interim, deputy law clerk Richard Denis will hold down the fort.    

Here's the full text of the notice sent out to MPs on Tuesday afternoon:

This is to advise you that Mr. Richard Fujarczuk has resigned from the position of Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel for personal and medical reasons.

Richard has been a valued member of the Clerk's Management Group (CMG) since his arrival in May 2013. We will miss his legal expertise and his professionalism. Please join me and the CMG in sending best wishes to Richard and his family for the years to come.

Until a successor is appointed, Mr. Richard Denis, Deputy Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, will assume leadership of the Office.

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