Premier Rodney MacDonald announced two senior staff appointments today, June 23. Bob Chisholm is the premier’s new chief of staff. Mr. Chisholm, a former businessperson who served as executive assistant and senior advisor to cabinet minister Angus MacIsaac, has been the principal secretary to Premier MacDonald since February. “Bob Chisholm knows our government, he knows key issues in municipal affairs, health care and education, he knows our ministers and MLAs from all sides of the House,” said Premier MacDonald. “I am delighted he will step up and assume this role.” Current chief of staff Heather Foley Melvin will assume new duties as chief administrative officer for the establishment of Conserve Nova Scotia, a new Crown corporation that will be charged with expanding conservation and energy efficiency among Nova Scotians. Enabling legislation to create Conserve Nova Scotia will be introduced in the fall of 2006. “Conserve Nova Scotia is one of my major priorities as premier and I want to make sure it’s put in place successfully — that’s why I am so pleased that one of my most trusted advisors has taken on this role,” said the premier. “Heather Foley Melvin brings 15 years of management experience in sales and marketing that will prove invaluable to this position. I know her skill and experience better than most and know she can get the job done.” The new positions take effect on Monday, June 26.