Posted: Mar 25, 2013 8:10 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
On Monday afternoon the interim Commissioner of Political Practices for Montana, Jim Murry, would have been confirmed as the governor's appointee for commissioner.
However, Murry submitted a letter to the governor's office and to the Senate State Administration Committee that said, "It was never my intention to serve in the capacity as Commissioner for an extended period of time."
He cites his age and health considerations as reasons for not continuing as Commissioner.
According to Montana Code, Murry was eligible to be confirmed for a six-year term as Commissioner.
Now his term as the interim Commissioner will expire at the end of this legislative session.
The speaker of the house, the president of the senate, and the minority leaders of both houses of the legislature will submit to the governor a list of two to five names of possible appointees and the governor will appoint one of them.
It will not be until next session that the appointed Commissioner of Political Practices will be confirmed by the Senate State Administration Committee.
Murry was appointed by Governor Brian Schweitzer on February 6, 2012, to replace Dave Gallik when Gallik resigned after staff accused him of conducting business for his private law practice via phone at the state office.