Premier announces changes to deputy minister positions
Yvonne Niego named deputy minister of Environment Department, Jonathan Ellsworth to be deputy minister with Department of Family Services
The appointment of two new deputy ministers was announced Friday by Premier P.J. Akeeagok.
In a news release, Akeeagok said the changes were needed following the retirement Friday of Nunavut’s deputy minister of the environment, Jimmy Noble, after more than 25 years in public service.
Deputy ministers are the highest-ranking public servants in a government department. They are unelected staff members and outranked only by the minister, who is an elected MLA.
Noting Noble’s time spent with the government, Akeeagok said “his experience and knowledge of our territory’s regulatory affairs is a loss for our government, but we are thankful for his contributions and assistance over the past month in developing a succession plan.”
Yvonne Niego has been named deputy minister of the environment, after serving as deputy minister of family services since 2017.
Effective April 24, Jonathan Ellsworth will become deputy minister of family services on a six-month term. Currently, he is assistant deputy minister of courts and justice services with the GN’s Department of Justice.