Premier David Alward says Michel Carrier has agreed to stay on the job until the provincial government brings in a new process of selecting legislative officers.
Alward says that process will be introduced during the upcoming spring session and will involve a committee consisting of legislative officers and representatives from academia and law.
He says the committee will submit recommendations to him and he will make the final decision on the appointments after consulting the Opposition leader.
Carrier is the province's first commissioner of official languages.
He was appointed in February 2003 and reappointed for another five-year term in April 2008.
The Edmundston native is expected to step down some time this summer.