In an October 5 letter to all deputies and alternate deputies of the 1994
General Convention in Indianapolis, President of the House of Deputies
Pamela Chinnis, has revealed that she will nominate the Rev. Barnum
McCarty of Jacksonville, Florida, to serve as vice-president.
In her letter, Chinnis noted that the canons require the election of a
secretary and vice-president of the House of Deputies before it can begin its
business. The Rev. Wallace Frey, who was elected vice-president of the
House of Deputies at the 1991 General Convention in Phoenix, resigned his
position in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations in 1992.
Since there are no provisions to fill a vacancy in the vice-presidency
until the convention convenes, "whoever is elected must be ready to begin
serving immediately -- without the benefit of a triennium in office prior to the
convention itself," Chinnis wrote.
Chinnis said that she took initiative to nominate a candidate who would
not seek reelection for a full term in the 1994-1997 triennium, but who could
be prepared to help organize the house and "begin business on the first day."
Describing McCarty as a "well-respected and seasoned deputy" who has
a "distinguished 37-year ministry," including extensive diocesan, provincial
and national church experience, Chinnis said that he has expressed a
willingness to serve in Indianapolis, if elected, and clearly states that he will
not be a candidate for office beyond the General Convention.
"Deputies are, of course, free to nominate others if they wish; the
decision belongs to the whole house, not simply to the president," Chinnis
wrote. Yet, she expressed hope that her nomination might "enable us to move
quickly to the business of the convention and ensure a fair and open process
for electing officers for 1994-1997."