Premier Darrell Dexter today, July 28, announced three long-time public servants have been appointed as acting deputy ministers. Sandra McKenzie will take the role at Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, effective Aug. 22. Scott Logan will be acting deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Ernest Walker will be acting CEO of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, both effective Aug. 1. Ian Thompson, deputy minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, is leaving government to pursue other opportunities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Judith Sullivan Corney is retiring. Ms. McKenzie is currently the associate deputy minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Mr. Logan is the associate deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Mr. Walker is the director of policy for Aboriginal Affairs. “As the province continues to work hard to make life better for Nova Scotia families, it is important to have strong leadership at the deputy level,” Premier Dexter said. “I’m confident that these three accomplished civil servants will have continued success and provide that leadership in their acting roles.” Recruitment for all three positions will begin in the next few months.