The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has announced the appointment of the first-ever female to hold the clerk position.
The appointment of Kate Ryan-Lloyd happened on Monday afternoon following the unanimous recommendation of a special committee that she be B.C.’s new clerk of the legislative assembly.
Ryan-Lloyd has been the acting clerk in the position since 2018, when former clerk Craig James was suddenly suspended and escorted out of the legislature for an alleged wrongdoing.
According to the legislature, they struck a search committee and held a national competition for the job, but settled on Ryan-Lloyd as the best solution.
Ryan-Lloyd becomes the first woman to ever hold the position and 13th since 1872. Prior to this, she has spent almost 30 years working with the legislative assembly.
In her officially appointed position, she will oversee 330 staff that help to make the legislature function. During her stint as acting clerk, Ryan-Lloyd was a factor in creating a change in the legislature dress code policy enabling women to not be required to cover up their arms. Before Ryan-Lloyd, the dress code policy had not been updated since 1980.