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New Governor Mum on Issues that Came to His Attention

Newly appointed Governor His Excellency Augustus Jaspert held his first press briefing on 29th August, and announced that he won’t speculate on matters such as good governance and accountability.

The Governor who wrapped up his first week on the job informed reporters that a number of issues came across his desk. However, he did not go into details as to the nature of the matters that came to his attention. In fact when he was pressed for information the Governor said; “I’m not going to get into specific issue.”

Mr. Jaspert was asked if he would be pushing for more transparency, and if he was satisfied that there is good governance. Additionally His Excellency was asked to say what actions he may take if both areas were found to be lacking.

In response the Governor told reporters that he preferred not to speculate. “I am not going to deal too much with theoretical because you can go too far on that. A key part of the Governor’s role is helping to support good accountability that runs across every issue you can think of,” he said.  

As Governor Mr. Jaspert has responsibility of the public service, and this area he said is dear to his heart as he has served in many roles in the UK civil service. Here in his new role he said that his biggest responsibility will be to provide support. “The governor’s role as I see it is to try and support the whole system to be as effective as it can be rather than make it a personal issue for myself.”

Nonetheless, he stated that he has great expectation of the public servants in the Territory. “I expect the best service from everyone who takes public office in any way and that is the highest standards, the best work ethic and the best commitment to the public it is an absolute honor whichever area you work in,” Mr. Jaspert said.

“Public servants are in a fantastically privileged position because the public has placed its faith in them, so my expectation is they do that job to the absolutely best of their ability with complete integrity, complete impartiality and serve the public brilliantly well,” the Governor added.

New Deputy Governor to be Selected

With almost 50 years of service under her belt Deputy Governor Mrs. Rosalie Adams will be demitting office, leaving the post vacant for another qualified person to take up.

However, it was announced this week that the process to fill the position has already commenced with the publishing of the job notice which closed on 25th August. Now it was stated that a selection panel that includes Governor Augustus Jaspert, Chair of the Public Service Commission, and the Director of the Human Resources will decide who will get the job.

During a press conference on 29th August Governor Jaspert was asked about the process to find the new Deputy Governor. However before offering comment on the matter His Excellency commended Mrs. Adams on the job that she has done thus far.

Governor Jaspert who arrived in the Territory last Tuesday said that it is wonderful working with Mrs. Adams. “She is a true public service hero which is my summary after week one of working with her; so it will be a huge loss to me, and to the Territory as she moves on, and she has decided to,” Governor Jaspert said.

As it relates to the selection process the Governor said, “Obviously there is an application for who the Deputy Governor would be that closed I think last Friday. And it’s not appropriate for me to say who’s in and who’s out. The process is a completely fair process, and the public service commission will look at it and we will be moving from there on that as with any other thing, it will be the best person for the job.”

On 8th August 2016 Mrs. Adams commenced her tenure as Deputy Governor after serving within the public service at the highest levels for over 45 years. Throughout her public service life Mrs. Adams has served as Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2004, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development in 2005, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Works from 2006 to 2007 and Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office from October 2007 to March 2011.  She was also Interim Acting Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office from January 2012 to December 2013. She also served as a lecturer at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

The Deputy Governor’s main role is to support the Governor, and oversee the management and development of the Virgin Islands Public Service.

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