The Lieutenant is normally appointed by the Captain, unlike the captaincy which is an elected position. One exception, however, was Candy, who was voted, not appointed, to be Lieutenant. If the current Captain is killed or resigns, in practice the Lieutenant is elected Captain, or simply assumes the role.
The role of Lieutenant is not always filled by an active Company member. An example of such a situation is the Kiaulune wars, during which Ky Sahra did much of the work of the Lieutenant "despite her official status as an outsider". Croaker confirmed in Soldiers Live that Sleepy "never filled that position [Lieutenant] officially". The actual Lieutenant at the time, Lady, was frozen in magical stasis among the Captured.
In the modern Annals, five different individuals have held the position of Lieutenant.
- The Lieutenant
- Voted to become second-in-command of the Company at the same time when the Lieutenant was voted to become Captain. The vote took place during the Company leadership's time at sea, en route to Meadenvil. He disappears from the Annals after this, and seems to have been relatively quickly replaced as Lieutenant by Elmo.
- Apparently appointed by the Lieutenant to replace Candy, shortly after Candy's election to the position. This would have been sometime after Elmo returned with 70 missing Company brothers, and rendezvoused with the rest of the Company in Chimney 19 days after Croaker’s arrival there. He appeared to be second-in-command during subsequent events ("Shaggy Dog Bridge" and The White Rose).