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David Carpenter named new top administrator at Alberta Health Services

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services has a new top administrator.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has named David Carpenter to the post.

Carpenter is a former mayor of Lethbridge and a former chairman of the Workers' Compensation Board.

The job includes overseeing governance and decision-making at the health-delivery agency, which has a budget of about $13 billion.

Carpenter replaces Carl Amrhein, who is now deputy minister of health.

The government appointed an official administrator at Alberta Health Services in 2013 to act in place of a board of directors.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says the government should scrap the administrator system and establish an independent, arms-length governing board to run the health system.

The Canadian Press

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