After the departure of John Shimmin from the Council of Ministers, the first of a mini-reshuffle of departmental members has been announced.
Zac Hall MHK (Onchan) and Chris Thomas MHK (Douglas West) will join the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture with immediate effect.
For Mr Hall, it’s the first departmental job he has had since he was sacked from the Department of Education and Children in April 2012 when he disagreed with then Education Minister Peter Karran’s decision to privatise pre-school provision.
For Mr Hall it means he will receive a 30 per cent pay rise.
He was on an MHK’s basic salary of £38,771.
As he is already a member of a department, Mr Thomas will not get a pay rise.
Richard Ronan MHK, who became Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture earlier in the month, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Zac Hall and Chris Thomas and look forward to working with them for the benefit of the people of the Isle of Man.
‘With a new minister and new members in post, the Department will have fresh eyes on a number of important issues. There is an experienced and highly professional team of officers in place at the Department and I am confident we can all work together to build on the progress that has been achieved over recent years.’
He added: ‘I’d also like to place on record my gratitude for the contribution made by Juan Turner MLC during his time at the department.’