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Changes to Senior Public Service

Released on December 1, 2016

Deputy Minister to the Premier Alanna Koch today announced changes to the senior leadership of the Saskatchewan Public Service.

Lin Gallagher has been appointed Deputy Minister of Environment.  Gallagher has served as Deputy Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport since 2013 and Chief Executive Officer of the Provincial Capital Commission since 2012.  She also has extensive experience with the Ministry of Environment that led up to her appointment as Assistant Deputy Minister from 2009 to 2012.

Twyla MacDougall, Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, has been appointed Acting Deputy Minister while a search for a permanent Deputy Minister occurs.

Cam Swan has been appointed Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier with responsibility for transformational change priorities.  Swan previously served as Deputy Minister of Environment, and has also served as Chair of the Public Service Commission and General Manager of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.

Tammy Kirkland has been appointed Deputy Minister of Government Relations and First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs.  Kirkland has served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Social Services since 2014 and previously as Assistant Deputy Minister of Corrections and Public Safety.

Glen Gardner will assume the position of Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General on January 16, 2017, pending retirement of Deputy Minister Kevin Fenwick.  Gardner has served as the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Justice since 2014 and was previously the Director of the Dispute Resolution Office and the Chairman of the Public and Private Rights Board with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General.

“With these appointments, now 44 per cent of our Deputy Ministers are women, which moves us closer toward gender balance in the Saskatchewan public service senior leadership ranks,” Koch said.

Former Government Relations and First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Deputy Minister Al Hilton will leave the Government of Saskatchewan after 35 years of service in which he has held various senior level positions including the Deputy Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. 

“I want to thank Al for his many years of service and congratulate Kevin on his upcoming retirement,” Koch said.  “I wish both well in their future endeavours.  I thank my Deputy Ministers for taking on new assignments and know the Saskatchewan public service will continue to be well served by their leadership.”

With the exception of Gardner, all changes are effective December 1, 2016.


For more information, contact:

Kathy Young
Executive Council

Phone: 306-787-0425
Cell: 306-526-8927

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