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Brodrick Penn In! Rosalie Adams out!

Shake up at the Premier’s Office for 2014 with Geraldine Ritter-Freeman expected to be named Deputy Secretary
The current Deputy Secretary in the Premier's Office Brodrick Penn (right) is expected to be named acting Permanent Secretary in the Premier's Office. Penn will replace Mrs. Rosalie Adams (left) who was forced to retire earlier in 2011 than she had planned following scandal of a leaked letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on BiWater. However, she was returned to her post when the NDP took office. Photo: VINO/Facebook/File
Former Director of Communications of the H L Stoutt Community College Mrs. Geraldine Ritter-Freeman is expected to be named one of two Deputy Secretaries in the Premier's Office. Photo: GIS/File
Former Director of Communications of the H L Stoutt Community College Mrs. Geraldine Ritter-Freeman is expected to be named one of two Deputy Secretaries in the Premier's Office. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Word just reaching our news room from our sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) is that Brodrick Penn, the current Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office, will be named acting Permanent Secretary within the coming days.

Mr. Penn will become the Chief Advisor to the Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.
He will replace Mrs. Rosalie Adams who was forced to retire earlier in 2011 than she had planned while serving under the Virgin Islands Party Government in the same post over the scandal of a leaked letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about BiWater.

Following the 2011 General elections that saw the NDP regime gaining power, the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Administration immediately brought her back to office on a contract which would have ended  December 31, 2013.

Many continue to speculate as to why she was brought back to office.

Mr. Penn to take helm

Mr. Penn, who was seconded from the Financial Services Commission (FSC) to the Premier’s Office in January 2013, a story firstly and accurately broken by this news site, is a Virgin Islander.

While at the FSC, Mr. Penn last served as the Director of Investment Business and has spent over a year understudying Mrs. Adams who had also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, as well as, the Ministry of Education and Culture.

It is unclear what date this month the transition will take place, as calls to the Office of the Premier were not returned up to press time.

Ritter-Freeman moving on up

Meanwhile, former Director of Communications of the H L Stoutt Community College Mrs. Geraldine Ritter-Freeman is expected to be named one of two Deputy Secretaries within the Premier’s Office in the coming weeks.

She had also served as the Chief Information Officer for the Government of the Virgin Islands.

Mr. Penn's professional qualifications include a Bachelors of Science degree he received in 1997 and LLM in International Tax Planning received in 2005 with certifications in Offshore Financial Centres, AML/Compliance and Trust and Estate Planning.

25 Responses to “Brodrick Penn In! Rosalie Adams out!”

  • dd (07/01/2014, 17:12) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Another political appointment
    • egg face (07/01/2014, 17:24) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      The man is educated and connected to the right people..good cobination.
  • Just saying (07/01/2014, 17:17) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply

    hope when VIP gets in and starts putting its "supporters" in place the cowbirds would not say anything...

  • fair is fair (07/01/2014, 17:21) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    Congratulations to Brodrick. Well done.
    Mrs Adams, enjoy your retirement and thanks for the years of service.
  • ccc (07/01/2014, 17:26) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    ritter it it big hope she do not pressure the Director of communcation glimmer girl
  • my two cents (07/01/2014, 17:28) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    say one say two; he born here, he is qulified, and he is an NDP go bouy kudos B
  • STX Family Circle (07/01/2014, 18:06) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congratulations Bro! Well deserved and we are proud of both you and Geraldine! Yahweh bless and keep!
  • JACK BE STILL (07/01/2014, 18:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    No surprise here
  • I wonder (07/01/2014, 22:15) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    What is his salary going to be? He wasn't exactly getting pennies before.
  • Real (07/01/2014, 22:48) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    So what is the news again? this was coming, aint much of news he is a good pick for the job.
  • niece (08/01/2014, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congrats uncle Braddie
  • ooooo (08/01/2014, 09:53) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

    will he be collecting 2 checks like some others?

  • facts man (08/01/2014, 12:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like vino story better than the blue site vino aways have more details
  • civil servant (08/01/2014, 13:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope it does not go to his head but he is not no lorna Smith or Julian Willock lol
    • TO: civil servant (08/01/2014, 17:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I must agree Lorna and Willock were two of the better PS we had in the system but I am confident Broddie will do a fabulous job
  • STX Family Circle (08/01/2014, 13:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ civil servant

    Does he "look" like Mrs. Smith or Mr. Willock? 

    That's the problem over there, always trying to tear down instead of
    building up.


    He is qualified and focused so try keep off our boss.
  • Slimshadee (08/01/2014, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats bro great pick for the job!
  • states (08/01/2014, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Brady!!
  • sheilla (09/01/2014, 04:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the dude in communication who is not qualfied?
  • Joc (09/01/2014, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they are all locals so I dont have a problem Penn getting the job. He is a nice fellow.
  • legal team extends congratualations (10/01/2014, 13:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me first thank God for giving life,strength and knowledge to blogg:

    Let me congratulate these outstanding citizens of Her Majesty's BVI for their contribution to the development of the BVI.

    Let me thank madam Adams for her service to the people of the BVI:

    Let me welcome Mr. Penn,an honorable and admirable citizen of Her Majesty,to his new post.
  • ausar (10/01/2014, 16:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats, Geraldine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MUA, MUA~~~~~~
  • Aaron Ratskoff (23/03/2015, 16:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Braaaddie, When are you going to move to Chicago and get a fancy office here on LaSalle Street??


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