Defence Force bureaucrat named deputy electoral commissioner

By The Mandarin

February 26, 2016

A military veteran and Defence Force bureaucrat has been named Australia’s new deputy electoral commissioner.

Kathryn Toohey (pictured), currently the director-general of the Integrated Capability Development Branch in the Department of Defence, was handed a five-year term at the Australian Electoral Commission today.

The AEC says it will benefit from Toohey’s “extensive project management experience, forward thinking and operational efficiency”, highlighting her “impressive background in managing resources in a high-risk environment”.

Those are skills that will certainly come in handy; Toohey joins commissioner Tom Rogers midway through a significant reform project sparked by the bungled 2013 Western Australian Senate election.

Toohey joined the Army in 1987 as one of the first intakes of the Australian Defence Force Academy. She has served in Cambodia with the United Nations Transitional Authority and acted as an instructor at the Royal Military College, as aide-de-camp to the governor-general and a director of Defence Capability and Technology Management College. Her current position has her leading a team analysing and proposing to government the best options on future defence capability.

Douglas Orr reappointed as NSW head

Meanwhile, the AEC has reappointed Douglas Orr as electoral officer for New South Wales to June 2017.

Orr, the commission says, has “significant and wide-ranging experience in managing and planning for elections” and has been “integral to the implementation of internal reform since the 2013 federal election”. An AEC statement continued:

“His reappointment will assist in the successful delivery of the upcoming federal election in NSW.”

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