Did Kevin C. Smith disrespect the SFC?- Hon. Fahie
Appearing for the Department was Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Mrs Rosalie Adams.
The Member for the third district Hon. Julian Fraser RA, asked who was the head of the Trade Department? Mrs. Adams advised that the Director of Trade was Lizette George.
The member for the third district Hon. Fraser noted that there was another person sitting in for the Director. The Permanent Secretary (PS) confirmed and advised that Kevin C. Smith was that person and that he was away from the Territory on official travel.
Hon. Fraser asked if Mr Smith was a Public Officer, to which the PS advised that he was a contracted employee.
The Member for the third district enquired whether a non-government worker could appeal before the SFC. The PS advised that the individual, along with their supervisor could attend.
It was also made public in the meeting that Mr. Maxwell George of Virgin Gorda was the new Deputy Director of the Trade and Consumer Affairs Department.
Was Mr. Smith disrespectful?
The Member for the first district, Hon. Andrew A. Fahie, told the SFC that “it was disrespectful for the Acting Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs to not be in attendance.” PS Adams informed the select committee that because Mr Smith's position was contractual, she was the Accounting Officer and the one who signed all correspondences and documents on behalf of the department.
Hon. Fahie fired back and told the SFC that it would be burdensome for the PS to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Department. The former Minister for Education and Culture further expressed that all acting officers should be present before the SFC.
At this point, the Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith intervene and said that the solution to the issue was that he would have the necessary declaration prepared and signed and declare the PS in the Premier's Office as the Accounting Officer for the Department.
At that point it was agreed that the Declaration would be prepared and thus the Chairman Hon. Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe deferred further questions and discussions pertaining to the Department until the declaration was signed.