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Anne McGrath made principal secretary to Premier Rachel Notley

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has changed some positions in her office. Anne McGrath, her deputy chief of staff, has moved into a newly created position of principal secretary.

Anne McGrath has worked as Notley's deputy chief of staff since January

Anne McGrath is now principal secretary for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. McGrath came to Alberta in January to serve as Notley's deputy chief of staff. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has changed some key positions in her office. 

Anne McGrath, the premier's deputy chief of staff, has moved into a newly created position of principal secretary.

Jennifer Anthony moves into McGrath's former position. She was the director of issues management in Notley's office.

The premier is also advised by her chief of staff Brian Topp. Her former senior adviser Jim Rutkowski now becomes chief of staff to Finance Minister Joe Ceci, a position formerly held by Nathan Rotman. Rotman has become director of issues management, filling the job just vacated by Anthony. 

Notley's communications director Cheryl Oates said McGrath will serve as a senior adviser and aide to the premier.

"Through the Fort McMurray fire, and other events, we've discovered the premier's office needed more bandwidth," Oates said in an email to CBC News. "We're now redistributing the files among three people rather than two."

Oates said the principal secretary position exists in most other premier's offices in Canada. Former Alberta premiers have also had someone in that role.

McGrath started working in Notley's office in January 2016. Her annual salary is $195,000.

With the new job, her compensation will not change, Oates said.