Charles Murray was sworn in as Ombud for the Province of New Brunswick on July 3, 2013 for a seven-year term. He is the seventh person to serve as Ombud for the Province since the Office’s establishment in 1967.
On January 1, 2019, the Ombud was appointed in an acting capacity as the Integrity Commissioner for a one-year term, following the retirement of the Honourable Alexandre Deschênes, Q.C. from the position on December 31, 2018. In this capacity, he became responsible for the conflict of interest, lobbyists’ registration, and access and privacy mandates for the Province, in addition to his responsibilities with the Office of the Ombud.
On January 1, 2020, he was appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Province for a seven-year term. At the same time, he was appointed as the Acting Ombud for a one-year term and will continue to serve in both capacities until a new Ombud is appointed over the coming year.
Charles is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, NS.
He started his career as a private practice lawyer in New Brunswick in the late 1980s. Over the years he has served the Provincial and federal governments through various roles. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of the Electoral Boundaries Commission and Policy Manager of Legislation and Professional Regulation for the New Brunswick Department of Health.
Charles was raised on the Kingston Peninsula and now lives with his wife Sarah, twin boys Gideon and Grant, and daughter Elizabeth in Fredericton. He is a member of the Epsilon Y’s Men Club (Fredericton, NB), the Confraternity of Saint James, the New Brunswick Law Society, and the Canadian Bar Association. He also acts as Tournament Director in the American Contract Bridge League.
He is a black belt in Kinrosha karate and occasionally walks marathons.