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Massive shakeup of Permanent Secretaries made in Gov't

- At least 3 transfers & 2 new appointments made
New Permanent Secretary appointments include Mr Kedrick E. Malone, centre, who has been hired on a contractual basis at the Premier’s Office for a period of six months; and Mrs Sharleen S. Dabreo-Lettsome MBE, right, who will be the acting Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor. Mrs Carolyn E. Stoutt-Igwe has been transferred from the Office of the Deputy Governor to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture. Photo: GIS/VINO/File
Dr Marcia Potter, left, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture has been transferred to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, while Mr Ronald F. Smith-Berkeley, right, has been transferred from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration to the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities. Photo: GIS/VINO
Dr Marcia Potter, left, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture has been transferred to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, while Mr Ronald F. Smith-Berkeley, right, has been transferred from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration to the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities. Photo: GIS/VINO
Mrs Petrona N. Davies remains the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development. Photo: VINO/File
Mrs Petrona N. Davies remains the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Information coming into Virgin islands News Online (VINO) is revealing that the Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Government has undertaken a massive Permanent Secretary (PS) shakeup across several ministries, where at least two new appointments have been made and at least three transfers executed.

According to the Department of Information and Public Relations, Permanent Secretaries are appointed to serve as chief advisors on the strategic management, leadership and execution of subjects within their assigned ministries.

“They oversee the overall coordination and administration of the ministry and ensure that all activities are carried out in accordance with Government policies, procedures and global standards,” it noted.

New & Existing Roles

According to Information from Government, new appointments include Mr Kedrick E. Malone, who has been hired on a contractual basis at the Premier’s Office for a period of six months; and Mrs Sharleen S. Dabreo-Lettsome, MBE, who will be the acting Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Mrs Petrona N. Davies remains the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development.

However, existing Permanent Secretaries that have been transferred and given new portfolios are, “Mrs Carolyn E. Stoutt-Igwe from the Office of the Deputy Governor now to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture; Dr Marcia Potter from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration; and Mr Ronald Smith-Berkeley has been transferred from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration to the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities.”

According to His Excellency the Governor, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert, the appointments were made in accordance with section 92 of the Virgin Islands Constitution and will take effect between September 4 and September 9, 2019.

Advancing Gov’t agenda

“I am confident in the competence and commitment of our current cadre of Permanent Secretaries and their ability to advance Government’s agenda while leading a dynamic public service,” remarked Deputy Governor, Mr David D. Archer Jr, who is the supervisor of the Permanent Secretaries.

Permanent Secretaries are also expected to exercise broad policy oversight over government departments and units within the assigned ministry.

They also oversee and coordinate the budget submission of all departments within the ministry, among many other duties.

18 Responses to “Massive shakeup of Permanent Secretaries made in Gov't”

  • facts (30/08/2019, 15:18) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    with this move I feel sorry for the VIP, set of dead horses and NDP sympathizers
  • Outspoken (30/08/2019, 15:46) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Great move but some of them had need to go home period.
    • Hmmm. (30/08/2019, 18:12) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      The deputy governor must be happy now. He gets the secretary he wants. Now he can sleep well. Hope the X wake up and get busy. Work hard lead by example.
  • D 1 (30/08/2019, 16:05) Like (15) Dislike (23) Reply
    Ha ha only the esteemed can’t reshuffle his clerk lol
  • Wow (30/08/2019, 16:16) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    They kept the guy who killed agriculture??
  • Serious (30/08/2019, 18:02) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Now I know Fahie really really serious.. Don't agree with all the movies but that's a serious approach.. Time for them to get serious and get some work done, push government agenda....
  • i from here (30/08/2019, 19:12) Like (14) Dislike (20) Reply
    I only have faith in pet and iweg a Jamdown over Immegration and Labour sad day
  • Jimmy smith (30/08/2019, 20:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bowtie man has no use for British Virgin Islanders, also has a propensity to light skin for a long time, I personally do not see much changes none of them are real leaders , a bunch of followers and what the ministers say they do. In the service right now there lack serious leadership capacity, the ministry of education need another permanent secretary other that Igwe. she now has a bamanco compared to where she came from.
    • Styler (30/08/2019, 21:53) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      It certainly needs another Permanent Secretary indeed. Carolyn can’t handle that Ministry she and the CEO not going to make it either and them need to change the HR as well she’s not for NVI landers and lie like the wind.
      • Tide (31/08/2019, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        But they go the same church
      • Excuse Me (01/09/2019, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Carolyn Igwe is very nice, smart and sensible. The CEO and The Educ HR along with the old hags that comprise the Teaching Service Commission need to stay home
  • civil servant (30/08/2019, 22:27) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Set a less and none action ps we long for the days of Lorna smith, Clyde Lettsome, sebelita Christopher, Julian Willock, Bennett smith and Julia Chrstopher etc that caliber

    • @ civil servant (31/08/2019, 14:30) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Out of that List I will say Lorna, Willock, Clive and Sebelita the others were not ready as no minister wanted to work with Julia and Bennett
  • Wait (31/08/2019, 14:47) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Kedrick over PO... he's a second Claude - all talk with absolutely zero action! didn't think BVI could have gone any lower down. Whatever happened to the little Unit (FSIU) he was over, don't talk about the state he left the London office and tourist board; none of them has recovered from when this guy was over the
  • my 2 cents (01/09/2019, 13:00) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is a set up for the VIP to fail


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