More than 20 chiefs switched by Damrong
National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department officials have expressed frustration over a mass reshuffle of national park chiefs nationwide by newly-appointed director-general Damrong Pidech, who switched more than 20 jobs last week.
Mr Damrong signed an order to transfer 24 marine national park chiefs last Thursday _ just two days after the cabinet appointed him as the department’s director-general, replacing Sunan Arunnopparat.
At least 10 more national park chiefs were expected to be transferred this month, a source at the department said.
The mass reshuffle would result in the elimination of national park chiefs who were appointed by former environment and natural resources minister Suwit Khunkitti, the source said.
The source added that Mr Damrong is expected to put his men at the so-called Grade A national parks, such as Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima, Sai Yok and Erawan in Kanchanaburi, Huay Nam Dung and Doi Suthep-Pui in Chiang Mai, and Phu Kradueng in Loei.
The source said the reshuffle list was jointly made by Mr Damrong and former environment and natural resources minister Yongyuth Tiyapairat, who has been banned from politics for five years for electoral fraud.