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THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

mOMISED STATEMENT BY THE PREMIER. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WELLINGTON, this day. The "Times" this morning (Thursday) says:—"The Civil Service re-organisation and possible retrenchment are fruitful subjects of more or less well-ifounded rumour, and it will relieve a good deal of anxiety when the Premier makes a complete statement on the subject. We understand that he will do so on Friday evening at Upper Hutt upon the occasion of a banquet in celebration oi the opening of a new post office. As the retirement under the age limit took place at the end of March, the position in this respect is now generally known, but there is considerable speculation in regard to appointments. Ministers are keeping their own counsel very -well, but, in regard to some of the more important positions, the secret has, to a certain extent, leaked out. There are indications that the changes are to be of a comprehensive and somewhat sweeping character, but the Prime Minister declines at present to state anything in regard to the subjects. He promises, however, to completely explain the position on Friday evening. It will probably be announced that the new Secretary and Inspector for Customs is Mr. Richard Carter, at present Collector of Customs at Wellington. Another important position, that of Surveyor-General, becomes vacant by Mr. Thomas Humphries' retirement, and it is more than probable that his successor will be found in Mr. John Strauchon, who until about nine months ago was Commissioner of Crown Lands for the Wellington district. Mr. Strauchon, who is now the Commissioner of Crown Lands in Auckland, is a surveyor of exceptional ability, and his appointment will be particularly valuable at a time when the surveying branch of the Lands Department is working at high pressure over a scattered field. With Mr. Strauchon's appointment, wo may also venture to predict that at an early date the scope of his Department will be extended to cover similar work now done independently by the Native Department. Mr. Strauchon now counts 31 years iv the Land and Survey Department. Several offi-cers of long experience in the Land and Survey Department have been mentioned as the probable successors of Mr. Alexander Barrow (Land Purchase Inspector and Chairman of the Board of Land Purchase Commissioners). It is believed, however, in well-informed* circles that rumour has so far been wrong, and that tlie new officer will be Mr. John D. Ritchie (Secretary of Agriculture), who joined the Stock Department in April, 18&1, and a year later became the first Secretary for Agriculture." PRESENTATION AT WELLINGTON. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) WELLINGTON. Wednesday. Mr W. T. Glasgow, Secretary and Inspector to the Customs Department, retired from the service to-day after 47$ years' service. He will shortly take a trip to England. He was presented with several tokens of esteem, subscribed for by officers of the Department through-: out the Dominion. It is understood that Mr R. Carter, now Collector of Customs at Wellington, will succeed! Mr Glasgow. Mr F. J. M. D. Walmsley, DeputyCommissioner of Taxes, retired to-day on superannuation, after 30 years' service. He was presented by Mr P." Hayes, Commissioner, on behalf of the staff, with an illustrated address.

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THE PUBLIC SERVICE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 78, 1 April 1909

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