Premier Gordon Campbell has appointed Allan Seckel as the head of the B.C. Public Service.
Seckel, who has been deputy attorney general since 2003, replaces Jessica McDonald. According to a B.C. government news release, she "will move on to future career opportunities".
With this promotion, Seckel becomes deputy minister to the premier.
Seckel was a partner for many years in the downtown Vancouver office of Russell & Dumoulin, later known as Fasken Martineau, when he was appointed deputy to then-attorney general Geoff Plant. Plant previously worked at the same law firm.
In recent years, Seckel has landed in the news as the person who decided which cabinet documents relating to B.C. Rail should be deemed confidential in the criminal trial of David Basi, Bob Virk, and Aneal Basi.
On May 8, 2007, Campbell told the legislature that he would play no role in that decision, saying Seckel would work directly with the special prosecutor (Bill Berardino, the special prosecutor in the Basi-Virk case, also worked at Russell & Dumoulin for many years.)
"It would be inappropriate for me to determine, prior to those decisions being made, what they should be or to try and characterize them in any manner whatsoever, so I won't do that," Campbell said at the time.