January 31, 2005

Senior water stewardship official to retire

WINNIPEG, MAN-Changes in Manitoba's senior civil service ranks, announced recently by Premier Gary Doer include the retirement of the deputy minister of water stewardship as well as the appointment of a new clerk of executive council. After many years in public service, Norm Brandson is retiring as deputy minister of water stewardship, a position that will be filled by Gerry Berezuk, formerly the deputy minister of government services. Doer commended Brandson "for his dedication to public service and his leadership in establishing Canada's first stand-alone water department. He has helped bring water issues to the forefront and we look forward to continuing this focus in the years ahead," Doer added. Debra Woodgate, who was deputy minister of family services and housing, replaces Berzuk as deputy minister of government services. Her former post will be filled by Milton Sussman, previously deputy minister of health, while Arlene Wilgosh moves up from assistant deputy minister in the heath department to deputy minister of health. Finally, Doer has appointed Paul Vogt the new clerk of executive council.

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