News Release - September 15, 2000
CHANGES TO SENIOR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCED
Premier Roy Romanow announced changes today to the most senior position in the
provincial public service.
Gregory Marchildon, Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary since
January 1, 1997 is leaving effective September 15, 2000.
Marchildon joined the provincial public service in 1994 as Deputy Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, returning to his home province from the Johns
Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington,
D.C. He is joining the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (SIPP) at the
University of Regina as a Senior Policy Fellow. In addition, he will be a
Visiting Fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University.
This appointment is being made through the Department of Post-Secondary
Education and Skills Training as part of its ongoing support of SIPP. Since
its inception in 1998, the provincial government has provided funding to SIPP
for one senior position dedicated to the research and development of public
policy, particularly in the Saskatchewan context.
"Dr. Marchildon has been one of the longest-serving deputy ministers to the
premier in recent memory and his expertise, advice, professionalism and
leadership have been invaluable to me, members of Cabinet and his colleagues at
the senior executive level," Romanow said. "As head of the public service he
led our efforts to modernize and streamline our decision-making processes. He
also played an integral role in various negotiations and initiatives with both
the federal government and other provinces.
"I deeply regret the loss of Dr. Marchildon's services as my principal policy
advisor but I understand and appreciate his longstanding desire to return to
academic life. Not only I, but the government as a whole, will miss his
counsel, tireless effort and dedication."
Marianne Weston, Associate Deputy Minister to the Premier has been named Acting
Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary.
Ms. Weston has been associate deputy minister since September 1994. In her
current capacity she heads the Cabinet Planning Unit and is secretary to the
Cabinet Committees on Social Development and the Economy.
"Ms. Weston is an extremely well-qualified professional who is highly respected
by ministers and officials," Romanow said. "She is ideally-suited and
positioned to provide much needed leadership and continuity to ministers and
the senior public service and I am pleased that she has accepted this
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For more information, contact:
A/Director of Senior Management Services
Office of the Deputy Minister to the Premier
Phone: (306) 787-9299