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Is Janice Brathwaite-Edwards the new City Manager?

Officer now reportedly sits in the Ministry of Communications and Works with new title
Mrs. Janice Braithwaite-Edwards was announced in April 2012 by the National Democratic Party Administration as the new Tourism Liaison Officer assigned to the Premier's Office, however, word has come to this news site that she now holds the title of City Manager and operates from the Ministry of Communications and Works. It remains unclear, if the officer has two titles or will be giving up one job assignment for the other. Photo:VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Months after the 2011 General Elections, Government announced that former Director of the BVI Tourist Board, Mrs. Janice Brathwaite-Edwards had been appointed Tourism Liaison Officer and will be assigned to the Premier’s Office.

Now word has come that the officer might be either changing jobs or holding two positions.  According to Virgin Islands News Online well placed sources and team of reporters the officer may be assigned to the Ministry of Communications and Works and may become the City Manager reporting to the district 4th, representative whose constituencies include parts of Road Town.

Mr.  Vanterpool is also the Minister for Communications and Works.

This news site was told that Mrs. Brathwaite-Edwards was introduced late last week to Ministry of Communications’ staff as the City Manager and has an office at the Ministry.

History of City Manager’s Post

The last time the National Democratic Party (NDP) was in power (2003-2007) the post of City Manager was created which incorporated the Wickhams Cay Development Authority.  The first City Manager was Ms. Eugenia O’Neal.

However, following the 2007 elections in which the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) crushed the NDP 11 to 2 the post was not funded, and removed from the Budget.  With the return of the NDP to power in 2011, the 4th, district representative who was the brain behind the post has lobbied for its return.

In July of 2011 then Opposition Leader, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith told the House of Assembly that the NDP saw an important role for the position of City Manager, who was tasked with the responsibility of overlooking aspects of the capital city Road Town.

Dr. Smith explained that when the NDP was in office [2003-2007], they took the job of making Road Town a place where all enjoyed and residents could feel proud of.

It remains unclear whether Mrs. Brathwaite-Edwards will be giving up her other assignment as Tourism Liaison Officer to take on this new post, or doing both jobs.

Both Minister Vanterpool and Brathwaite-Edwards could not be reached for clarification as of press time.  The City Manager’s post is a government job, non-elected and is appointed with direct input from the 4th, district representative. 

19 Responses to “Is Janice Brathwaite-Edwards the new City Manager?”

  • Mary J (27/08/2012, 07:56) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    well NDP takes care of dem own!!!
  • natty (27/08/2012, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she will do a good job!
    • touch and go (27/08/2012, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      not so sure about that..we have to wait and see...
    • bcc (27/08/2012, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What was her record at the BVITB??? It was the same NDP Minister who Uncle give the chairman job to who got rid of she so you all hush.
    • work it girl (27/08/2012, 23:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      has Jan made a Difference with all the job offers????
  • Excellent (27/08/2012, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In whatever role Jan is placed, she will do an excellent job!
    • family member (27/08/2012, 21:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Jan you have your family full support....We know you will put forward your best
  • Release (27/08/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just a plot for all works to only go on in the fourth district and they wanted to kill Fraser for this!
  • ausar (27/08/2012, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jan jan, God has indeed prepared a table before you in the presence of your enemies.

    Your cup indeed runneth over!!
  • One eye (27/08/2012, 12:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep up the good work up janice... don't let the negativity of others bring you down...
  • dog meat (27/08/2012, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When people keep changing jobs so fast it usually means something wrong!!
  • Diaspora (27/08/2012, 22:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Bratwaite-Edwards probably has the talent, ability, skill, and potential to do an effective job as City Manager. Nonetheless, what are the responsibilities? What value does the City Manager bring to the table? Are the responsibilities of the City Manager a duplication of another position(s)? Can the current staffing of PWD perform the duties of the City Manager? How much flexibility, access, and control of resources will the City Manager have? :
  • egg face (27/08/2012, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP on a roll handing out favors to their supporters and campaign helpers i guess the new BVI is that politics and island people rules..
  • betty (28/08/2012, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the girl just looking for a job anywhere she can get one!!! lol
  • walk (31/08/2012, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she will do a good job as she just need work from walking up and down the streets to Town kissing babies...

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