Former premier Clyde Wells to head Independent Appointments Commission

Former Liberal premier Clyde Wells has been named to head the province's Independent Appointments Commission.
Clyde Wells is a former premier and former chief justice, who still practices law in St. John's (CBC)

Former Liberal premier Clyde Wells has agreed to head Newfoundland and Labrador's Independent Appointments Commission.

Names of those proposed to serve on the commission were in a resolution tabled in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.

Besides Wells, the group includes Fogo businesswoman and philanthropist Zita Cobb, former MHA and St. John's mayor Shannie Duff, Air Labrador CEO Philip Earle and automobile dealer Derek Young.

The commission will recommend three individuals for jobs that come up in government agencies, boards and commissions, with cabinet making the final decision.

Government House Leader Andrew Parsons said there will also be a new website to post the jobs, and an annual report to the legislature.