Leadership update in the Department of Justice

Premier Ranj Pillai has announced a senior leadership change for the Department of Justice.

Mark Radke will move from his position as Assistant Deputy Minister of Legal Services with the Department of Justice to take on the role of Deputy Minister. This appointment is effective immediately. 

Mark Radke brings a weath of knowledge and expertise to the role of Deputy Minister with the Department of Justice. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.


I would like to thank Jeff Ford for his contributions as acting Deputy Minister in the past several months.

Premier Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • Deputy Ministers, including Presidents of government corporations, are the most senior public servants in the Government of Yukon. They are responsible for the department or corporation’s budget, day-to-day operations and program development.

  • Deputy Ministers serve at the pleasure of the Premier.


Biography – Mark Radke

Mark Radke received his law degree from the University of Calgary in 1990 and practiced law in Calgary before moving to Whitehorse in 1992. He joined the Government of Yukon in 2009, following several years in both private practice and with the federal Department of Justice. Over the last three years, Radke has been Assistant Deputy Minister of the Legal Services Branch with the Yukon government. Throughout his legal career, Radke has acquired extensive experience advising clients on natural resource and Aboriginal law issues and he has appeared frequently in court on a wide range of legal matters. Radke is also a past president of the Yukon Law Society and served 14 years on the Board of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

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