Veteran head referee Glen Johnson is the CFL's new vice-president, officiating.

The Winnipeg native retired Monday after 24 years as an official to assume the position with the league's head office. He replaces Tom Higgins, whose contract wasn't renewed.

"While Glen's talents as an on-field official will be sorely missed, we are absolutely thrilled he has agreed to take on this tremendously important role within the league office," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement.

Good on Glen for moving up in the world, but that is a huge blow for the state of reffing in the CFL. Johnson's crew has consistently been the best in the business, far better then the Proulx crew. Oh well.