Since the election of the Iemma Government in March, there have been a number significant changes at Director General level in key agencies. There are now new heads at the Department of Commerce, the NSW Health Department, The Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Education and Training.
It now appears that these appointments did not complete the 'refresh' of Department Heads.
Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald contains an advertisement for the position of Director General of the NSW Department of Community Services. The successful applicant will take up the role on 6 March 2008, and until that time will be known as 'Director General Designate' to 'enable participation in a succession planning program'. This suggests that an orderly progression is being planned to fill the role currently held by Dr Neil Shepherd, AM, similar to the process used for the transition of Andrew Scipone into the Police Commissioner role in the lead up to the retirement of Ken Moroney.
Dr Shepherd, who has a very strong administrative background in environmental agencies, was appointed Director General, Department of Community Services in July 2002. Prior to that, he had served in a range of senior capacities including Deputy Director General of The Cabinet Office, Director General of the Environment Protection Authority, Director of the Ministry for the Environment, Director General of National Parks and Wildlife Service and Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Zoological Parks Board.