Not since the election to replace Dan McGinnis has a election been so crowded. Former Vice Commander, STARFLEET, Admiral "Santa" Sal Lizard, threw his hat in the ring. Former VCS Candidate and STARFLEET Operations Chief Joost Ueffing, former SFMC Commandant General Wade Olson and USS Blackheart CO, Captain Emmett Plant also vied for the position, all citing change or reform from the previous three years. When the election results were announced, Sal Lizard was declared the 17th Commander, STARFLEET.
The Fleet Admiral-elect announced during his campaign that part of his mandate to reform was to make the constitution and by-laws of STARFLEET to come into compliance with the laws of the state of North Carolina, which included a rewriting of the Articles of Incorporation. In an effort to do this Lizard searched and found a lawyer that specializes in non-profit corporation law. The reasons were simple - that there were some places in the Consitution, as well in the STARFLEET Handbook, that conflicted with the Articles of Incorporation and State of North Carolina laws.
He also said that he would make mistakes and asked the membership for their understanding when they happened.
However within days after the election, and over a full month before Lizard assumed on office, the new CS was placed under the microscope and the criticisms started to fly. There were even call for Lizard to resign because he had made some missteps in some of the announcements he made. This continued well into Lizard's administration and would become just one of the many thorns in the side of not only Fleet Admiral Lizard but the Executive Committee and the Admiralty Board.