Nunavut premier announces changes to senior management

September will see new bosses running executive and intergovernmental affairs, finance

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq announced Monday changes to the territorial government’s senior management. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The most powerful post within the Nunavut bureaucracy will be in new hands in September, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced Monday.

Deputy finance minister Jeff Chown will replace veteran civil servant William MacKay as deputy minister of executive and intergovernmental affairs on Sept. 1, a Nunavut government news release states. MacKay is leaving the position after two years for a role in the Northwest Territories government’s senior management.

MacKay has served as the top boss of executive and intergovernmental affairs since September 2019. Previously, he served as deputy minister of justice.

Dan Carlson will move up from assistant deputy minister of finance to replace Chown as deputy minister of the department.

Chown will also become secretary to cabinet, and Carlson will become secretary to the financial management board. Savikataaq said these changes will remain in effect for the rest of the current legislative assembly. Nunavut’s next general election will be held by late October.

“Mr. MacKay’s 17 years of exemplary service and dedication to our territory have benefited our government greatly. He will be missed and I cannot thank him enough for his work in his various, critical roles,” Savikataaq said in a news release.

“Mr. Chown and Mr. Carlson are both long-term employees with incredible knowledge and leadership abilities. Their current roles are very closely aligned with their new positions, and I have every confidence they will excel as we approach a territorial election, and as the GN transitions into its next mandate.”

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