The Committee shall seek information and conduct investigations on a confidential basis.
In the event that the name of the person under consideration has not been made public, the name of the person under consideration shall be disclosed only to those being interviewed or assisting in the investigation.
If the investigation and evaluation has preceded nomination, the Chair shall submit the Committee’s evaluation to the Governor in confidence. In no event shall the name of any person concerning whom the Committee has made an evaluation and who is not subsequently nominated be disclosed.
Upon nomination by the Governor to the Governor’s Council of any person for appointment to office, the Chair shall submit the Committee’s evaluation to the Governor’s Council and may make public whether it has voted the candidate “well qualified,” “qualified,” “not qualified” or “insufficient information to evaluate,” and the basis therefore.
Except as set forth above, all information gathered by the Committee, the discussion upon a given candidate and the actual votes taken shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed. In the event that the Committee conducts a hearing pursuant to Section VI(C)(4) above, the Committee’s concerns may be shared with the candidate as the Committee deems necessary to permit the candidate an opportunity to respond.