The clerk is equivalent to a deputy minister, ensuring the legislature’s smooth running.
Kam Lake MLA Caitlin Cleveland, making the motion to recommend Rutland, said Mercer had provided “20 years of dedicated service to the last six legislative assemblies.”
Rutland has a decade’s experience at the legislature according to his LinkedIn profile. He says he spent nearly six years contracted to the institution as a deputy law clerk while working for law firm Lawson Lundell, then became the deputy clerk in 2019, temporarily taking over as acting clerk when Mercer was placed on administrative leave in 2021.
He describes himself on LinkedIn as an “experienced lawyer and public servant providing expert advice on parliamentary procedure.”
In a news release published after Tuesday’s vote, Speaker of the House Frederick Blake Jr said Rutland had a “vast knowledge of rules, procedures, practices and precedent.”