The New Brunswick civil service was rejigged Thursday with one new appointment, five changes of assignment and three retirements.

Premier Shawn Graham is eliminating two deputy minister positions by amalgamating departments.

One retiring deputy minister held some of the most powerful posts in the civil service. Nora Kelly, deputy minister of post-secondary education, training and labour, is leaving the provincial bureaucracy to take a position with the University of New Brunswick.

She was once deputy minister in the Health Department.

Graham would not say if the shakeup is a prelude to a cabinet shuffle before the legislature’s fall session.

"These changes will streamline senior management within our provincial government, and ensure that we continue to maintain the depth of experience, knowledge and talent at the senior level of our public service," the premier said in a news release.

The new appointment is Edith Doucet as the deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs.

Graham is combining the deputy minister duties of tourism and parks with wellness culture and sport, and combining local government and environment.