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For Immediate Release
December 15, 2005
Contact: Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff
George Smaragdis


WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission has announced that James A. Pehrkon has retired as Staff Director.

Mr. Pehrkon served as Staff Director since 1999, and before that was Deputy Staff Director for Management. He began his service to the FEC as Director of Data Systems.

FEC Chairman Scott Thomas commented: "During more than 30 years of public service, Jim helped develop many of the programs that the Commission uses today, including the disclosure system. He also helped assure agency staff had the resources they needed. We wish him well."

The Commission will immediately begin a search for a new Staff Director. In the interim, Robert J. Costa will continue to serve as Acting Staff Director.