Chiang Mai Province is set to have yet-another new governor with the current governor to be replaced by the governor of Tak Province, Mr. Charoenrit Sa-nguansat from Oct. 1.
The change was approved along with a number of other governors and civil service changes and appointments approved by cabinet in Bangkok this morning, Aug. 6 that included changes in a number of other provinces in the north.
Sa-nguansat, 58 (pictured) was born and raised in Chiang Mai and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Chiang Mai University. According to his biography, he rose through the ranks of the Thai civil service, mostly serving in the north before being appointed Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai in 2012, a position he held until 2015 when he was appointed the Governor of Tak.
Notably, while a number of existing governors were moved into new positions, such as Mr. Arrasit Samphantharat, current governor of Lamphun being transferred to the position of Govenor of Tak to take over Sa-nguansat’s role, missing from the transfer list was current Chiang Mai Governor Mr. Supachai Iamsuwan.
Mr. Iamsuwan was appointed as Governor of Chiang Mai after the previous governor Mr. Pawin Chamniprasert was reassigned to the Office of the Permanent Secretary in April 2018.
Chamniprasert was said to have been moved at the time due to a high road toll over Songkran in 2018.
Why Iamsuwan has been removed from his position after a little over a year has not officially been disclosed but with international attention given to burning season in Chiang Mai this year, the decision to replace him may not have been a coincidence.