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UPDATE: Guy Hill in! Appointed Acting Chief Immigration Officer

Mr Guy Hill has been appointed Chief Immigration Officer (Ag.), bringing calm to the hot debate that had arisen amid reports that others were being considered for the top post following the pre-retirement leave of Mr Dennis Jennings after more than 36 years of service. Photo: GIS
Chief Immigration Officer Dennis Jennings (left) starts his pre-retirement leave today October 1, 2013 after over 36 years of service. It is unclear if his deputy Guy Hill will be getting the post. To date, Mr Hill has not received an acting appointment letter. Photo: VINO/File
Chief Immigration Officer Dennis Jennings (left) starts his pre-retirement leave today October 1, 2013 after over 36 years of service. It is unclear if his deputy Guy Hill will be getting the post. To date, Mr Hill has not received an acting appointment letter. Photo: VINO/File
While no decision has been made, according to this news site's sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, it is alleged that two names have been floated to compete for the post of Chief Immigration Officer. They are Mr Keith Dawson (left) who works in the Premier’s Office and Jeremy W. Hodge, a Human Resources Manager in the Ministry of Finance. Photo: Facebook
While no decision has been made, according to this news site's sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, it is alleged that two names have been floated to compete for the post of Chief Immigration Officer. They are Mr Keith Dawson (left) who works in the Premier’s Office and Jeremy W. Hodge, a Human Resources Manager in the Ministry of Finance. Photo: Facebook
The mission of the Immigration Department includes ensuring that all non-belongers; (persons who do not have a Certificate of Residence, Belonger Status or Naturalization) entering the territory qualify as desirable visitors and that their residency, employment and business activities are monitored, regulated and controlled, while at the same time providing professional and courteous services. Photo: VINO/File
The mission of the Immigration Department includes ensuring that all non-belongers; (persons who do not have a Certificate of Residence, Belonger Status or Naturalization) entering the territory qualify as desirable visitors and that their residency, employment and business activities are monitored, regulated and controlled, while at the same time providing professional and courteous services. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mr Guy Hill has been appointed Chief Immigration Officer (Ag.), bringing calm to the hot debate that had arisen amid reports that others were being considered for the top post following the pre-retirement leave of Mr Dennis Jennings after more than 36 years of service.

Mr Hill’s acting appointment effective October 1, 2013 is for one year, according to a press release issued by Government Information Service (GIS) today, October 3, 2013.

Virgin Islands News Online had previously reported that a source close to the National Democratic Party (NDP) had indicated that there appeared to be mixed reactions to Mr Hill holding the top post and that other names were allegedly being floated around for the post, including that of Mr Keith Dawson, who works in the Premier’s Office, and Mr Jeremy W. Hodge, a Human Resources Manager in the Ministry of Finance.

“His Excellency the Governor, Mr Boyd McCleary, CMG, CVO, after consultation with the Public Service Commission, has confirmed that Mr Guy-Michel Hill has been appointed to act in the post of Chief Immigration Officer for a period of one year,” the GIS press release stated.

It also said Mr Hill, who has been in the Public Service for over 25 years, served as Immigration Officer from 1987 until 2003 after which he was appointed to act as Deputy Chief Immigration Officer.

In 2007, he worked in the Department of Inland Revenue as Assistant Commissioner until 2009. In March 2009 he returned to the Immigration Department as Deputy Chief Immigration Officer until his present acting appointment.

Mr Hill who has a bachelor’s of science in Criminal Justice with a minor in sociology has received extensive training locally, regionally and internationally in numerous law enforcement disciplines including human rights protection, border patrol administration and management, financial investigation, surveillance operations, criminal and conspiracy investigations, passenger analysis Immigration and Naturalisation Service Criminal Investigation, Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States regional investigation, interview and interrogation, supervisory management and courtroom testimony.  He is also fluent in several languages including Spanish, the press release included.

The Acting Chief Immigration Officer Mr Hill is responsible for the overall administration and activities of the Immigration Department. Other responsibilities include administering and ensuring implementation of all laws related to the Immigration Department, and liaise with local, regional and international immigration and law enforcement agencies with respect to immigration matters.

“Additionally, the Acting Chief Immigration serves as the Government’s chief advisor on matters pertaining to immigration and is responsible for the overall planning, management and coordination of the department,” the press release added.

See previous article posted October 1, 2013

Dennis Jennings out! Will Guy Hill be in? Controversy looms over appointment!

- Chief Immigration Officer Jennings starts pre-retirement leave effective today October 1, 2013; No Acting Appointment letter issued to his deputy Guy Hill

After over 36 years of service, Chief Immigration Officer Mr Dennis Jennings spent his last day in office at the Immigration Department yesterday September 30, 2013.

Mr Jennings is now proceeding on pre-retirement leave, which means once his vacation days are over he will no longer hold the post of Chief Immigration Officer of the Virgin Islands.

He was first appointed to the public service as an Immigration Officer II in 1977. Mr Jennings, who worked his way up through the ranks, was confirmed in the post of Chief Immigration Officer from January 1, 2008.

Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online on his last day in office on September 30, 2013 Mr Jennings confirmed, “today is my final day”.

He told this news site it is expected that his Deputy Mr. Guy Hill, “will be acting in the position as is protocol”.

No letter of Acting appointment to Guy Hill

Guy Hill, the Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, has not been issued with an acting appointment letter as of today October 1, 2013, according to this news site’s sources within the National Democratic Party.

The same source told this news site that Mr Hill has allegedly not even been interviewed for the post. 

Ms Rosalie Adams, Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office under which the Immigration Department falls, confirmed that yesterday was “actually Mr Jennings’ last day leading up to his retirement".

Asked about Mr Jennings' replacement, Ms Adams said, "I do not have that document officially in my hands from the Human Resources Department." She did promise to make the information available as soon as she is in a position to do so.

Others being considered?

Sources close to the situation within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration told this news site now that the Civil Service is a political body following the 2011 general elections and no longer based on merits, it will be up to Premier and Minister of Immigration Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith as to who gets the top job at the Immigration Department.

There appears to be mixed reactions to Mr Hill holding the top post, according to the same source. Mr Hill is very seasoned in law enforcement with years of experience in the United States in border security and a degree in Criminal Justice.

It is also reported that other names have allegedly being floated around for the post, including that of Mr Keith Dawson, who works in the Premier’s Office, and Mr Jeremy W. Hodge, a Human Resources Manager in the Ministry of Finance.

To date, nothing has been confirmed as it’s expected that Mr Hill will at least be granted an acting appointment until a final decision is made.

The mission of the Immigration Department includes ensuring that all non-belongers; (persons who do not have a Certificate of Residence, Belonger Status or Naturalization) entering the territory qualify as desirable visitors and that their residency, employment and business activities are monitored, regulated and controlled, while at the same time providing professional and courteous services.

87 Responses to “UPDATE: Guy Hill in! Appointed Acting Chief Immigration Officer”

  • BREAKING NEWS (01/10/2013, 09:43) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    You done know the ndp aint want guy..he too straight up…ova & out!
  • We shall see (01/10/2013, 09:47) Like (46) Dislike (0) Reply
    In my opinion, Mr. Jennings has done the Immigration Department well. I can't say nothing bad about him. In my dealings with him, he was always fair, whether I liked his decisions or not, the man was fair in his dealings, and I believe he use to sleep good when night comes. Guy is another fair man. I don't know how the succession planning is - if its by application or by appointment. If its by application, I hope Mr. Hill has applied and that he will be given the post. The other 2 guys mention are cool, nothing against them, but put who knows about the work to head the department.
  • BOTTOM LINE (01/10/2013, 09:51) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bottom line is the politicians will put someone there who will do just as they are told. Immigration unfortunately is not taken serious in the BVI. Mr Dawson with all due respect is wayyyy out of his league in relation to Immigration and the same for Mr Hodge but then again the only criteria for this post is who will answer their phone first to do what they are told.
    • Hmmm.. (01/10/2013, 20:33) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      You hit the nail right on the head. We need strong and fair leadership. Someone who knows the job inside and out. Someone who will take the department to the next level.
  • Liat 521 (01/10/2013, 09:55) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Time longer than twine.
  • ccc (01/10/2013, 09:59) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    God don’t like ugly and He don’t sleep! hill if they do not give you the job just walk
  • Come on (01/10/2013, 10:02) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    What goes around, comes around, face your music now NDP everything cannot be all politics appoint guy hill he is one of us!!!!
  • Bvi man (01/10/2013, 10:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    "Sources close to the situation within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration told this news site now that the Civil Service is a political body following the 2011 general elections and no longer based on merits, it will be up to Premier and Minister of Immigration Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith as to who gets the top job at the Immigration Department." this is true but a sad state of affairs!!!!!

  • Nuttin Nyce (01/10/2013, 10:12) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ting to Talk!!!!
    • lady fairness (03/10/2013, 21:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr. Jennings has served his country well and we thank him for his many years of service.
  • non-belongers (01/10/2013, 10:27) Like (4) Dislike (109) Reply
    Mr Dawson will do a great job.
  • ray charles (01/10/2013, 10:45) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    A blind man like me could see that the ndp dont want guy!! Ask stevie wonder!!
  • Yes (01/10/2013, 11:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ask Aubrey from the lashing Dogs; all he will tell u is ; Ting To Talk... Lol
  • disgust by the bvi (01/10/2013, 11:46) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    i never see a place so corrupt and try to push things under the mat!!!! that's why i left that damn place and come back home. i pray Mr Hill walk with his head high and dignity
  • mildred (01/10/2013, 12:47) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    mr hill that is the man for the job that man does take his work at heart give him the position
  • weed (01/10/2013, 12:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    For every action there is an equal and corresponding reaction, Mr. Hill if they do not want you return to the states them to wicked
  • Reynold (01/10/2013, 13:08) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Guy Hill Please take a shave. Please.
  • Shane (01/10/2013, 13:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smile..I am always amazed at the comments posted on these sites. Everyone applies their own little spin. If Government chooses to advertise the post and encourage interested persons to apply so be it. They will all go before the Public Service Commission who whould then make a recommendation to the Governor based on the person they think is best suited for the post. The persons whose names are mentioned are all BVIslanders at the end of the day and regardless of who is appointed a BVIslander will be in the post. I know Mr. Hill and I have no doubts as to hether or not he will do his best if appointed. I also know Mr. Hodge and Mr. Dawson and believe that they too will serve admirably is given the opportunity. At the end of the day someone has to be appointed in the post and I pray that whomever it is they will seek the wisdom of God and let him guide their every decision. Immigration is a sensititive issue and could have a devistating effect on our economy is the wrong decisions are made. May the best man be appointed...
  • white oleander (01/10/2013, 13:21) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think that is an insult not to give Guy this post!!!
  • out sider (01/10/2013, 13:24) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    one thing i would say Mr. Hill will not break the law for nobody he have good ethics and hold the BVI dear to his heart. He stands his ground he is not a yes man. that the bottom line. I wish Mr.Hill God Grace he will over come.
    • Stop the train (02/10/2013, 12:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mr. Hill is the better person for the job qualify and well experenice in bigger country with million of people than the BVI with a population of 30 thousand people. He work with the United State Federals please NDP gave Mr. Hill a chance not be unreasonable like you all............ do your resources dam
  • the rock (01/10/2013, 13:36) Like (4) Dislike (47) Reply
    human resources if u are reading these blogs..here is my 2 cents for u to consider..i know the 3 men personally..i think they all got what it takes to run the department intelligently..now here is where I think Mr. Dawson has the edge...I read all of the blogs when the news first came out about Mr. Jennings retiring..all well over 75 blogs..they all spoke positive about Mr. Jennings..Especially his ways of dealing with the public..i'm speaking about his personality here now..so if I am right..then Mr. jenning was a jem...out of the 3 men that's mentioned here..Mr. Dawson..i could say is a chip of the old block of Mr. Jennings..again u have to know all 3 men ..I do..could it be lightening striked twice...jus saying!
  • Investigator !!!!!! (01/10/2013, 13:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The read story VINO is to find out who pushing Keith and the Hodge dude and come back to us, now that is thing to talk!!!!
  • Road Town Rebel (01/10/2013, 14:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    At Reynold; cant you see that is an old photo of the man about five years ago? Its obvious you havent seen Mr. Hill lately but come on here chatting $hyte. The devil is a liar. U got nothing on this man malicious you who ever.
  • Biggs (01/10/2013, 14:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How dr. smith quick to be sad about jerickey place but not said a word about who will be his new chief immigration officer?
  • mvw (01/10/2013, 14:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    No government job is will to anyone!!!
  • Diego (01/10/2013, 14:35) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    The most qualify and experience person to head this post is by far Mr Guy Hill. He is firm but fair,he has new and fresh ideas to take this department to the next level.
  • JACK BE STILL (01/10/2013, 14:41) Like (4) Dislike (112) Reply
    what is the salary for that post??? I want to apply, so I could send home these island people
  • Hmm (01/10/2013, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    The national demonic party does it again.B.V.I wake up, you are about to be consume by darkness.
  • ccc (01/10/2013, 15:12) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    BRING BACK OLD FATHER
  • truth be told (01/10/2013, 15:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP make promises, promises, promises. Set the people up for failure each time. If the Immigration Department is not run efficiently Tortola will be in serious trouble. They are 3 men in this picture. I have nothing against any of them. However, tell me, why would you want to bring two men who have no clue about Immigration to run the department; and the one that has not only experience but the background, the work ethics, to fill the position is already there? like several of the posts above Mr. Hill is not a "yes man", but a man of integrity..the NDP government is lacking...everytime they go into office they appoint all their "yes men" and the ones that deserves the positions are pushed aside ..but God don't sleep ...NDP be very mindful of your actions
  • Live up (01/10/2013, 15:41) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is sad in this Country, The Premier's Office knows over a Year that Mr. Jennings was leaving. I think this position was advertise for more than 6 months. Hill, Dawson, & Hodge applied, according to the story, Hill has not got an interview or an appointment letter from the Premier's office. I don't care who gets the job but Mr. Hill got to feel like a foreigner. He is the best of the 3 in terms of qualification for the job. The BIG GUYS know Hill my not be a good team player so this is the reason for the delay. If they choose a new person other than Hill, it might be a few steps backwards for a few months. Most of the Peeps in the Department might not receive the new Chief with open arms.
    • l (01/10/2013, 17:08) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      When you turn the civil service into a political body this is the results…
  • big girls rules (01/10/2013, 15:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    At least that’s a better photo vino from the man looking like a wolf
  • My five sense (01/10/2013, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Are you all forgetting the first Immigration Officer we had when NDP was elected the first time? Are you all forgetting that he went to study Law in UK and is now back in BVI. Well, he is the NDP man who will fill that chair. Remember Hill did not work with him and they sent Hill to the Ministry?

    How re u brain so cannot remember anything? Well look and see, he coming back and because Hill will protest they will send him back in ministry and give the Acting or Deputy to Dawson? Nah , I believe they will give it to Hodge, but again, what about the Penn dude that also did law in UK. Well let us look and see, Here he comes. You all remember who he was now, or who he is? yea, the one from the carrot or is it the cain?
    • law background (01/10/2013, 22:00) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      the Penn dude will be good to be the Duputy and Hill the CIO....
  • jost possie (01/10/2013, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Jennings thank you for a job well done you made it through vip and ndp it aint many people can say that, you work with everyone. we gona never find someone like you.just let the next chief know jost is special and we dont need no jerk officers over to buggg our tourist
  • my two cents (01/10/2013, 22:02) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    me aint care what a man say i got my $$$$$ on guy hill
  • ABC (01/10/2013, 22:27) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

    GUY knows the Department inside out but strange enough for the countless times he has acted in the absence of Mr. jennings, he has never been appointed to act. He simply fill the void in good faith. The appointment of D***** would be an insult to the Department and country. D***** needs to go sit down before he embarrass himself.

  • long look me come from (01/10/2013, 22:35) Like (13) Dislike (119) Reply

    keep that Hodge boy from that Department before he give away the country like he fa***r

  • Well (02/10/2013, 06:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    In my humble opinion if them gon give the maduro fella the post, just as cheap them allow one of the immigration officer1 or one of the junior officers' to become the cheif... wah so he could do for immigration and our country! Cant say much bout the other fellah, but I know GUY needs to be in that position.. he knows the laws VERY well and he also carry's them out effectively! He does the job well! 

  • civil servants (02/10/2013, 06:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The decision is squarely with Orlando Smith!
  • Hmm (02/10/2013, 08:35) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    The nerve that the staff was and is not notified of Hill getting the acting position speaks volume to the level of the Premiers Office and Civil Service, as a whole! For this, we will not give our full support! Send someone else!
  • OP (02/10/2013, 09:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guy boss look another work
  • Stop the train (02/10/2013, 12:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Hill is the better person for the job fair and have Nature Little Secret at his best interst NDP think everybody want to burn in hell like them breaking the law of the BVI and stealing from the poor and blind...............every time I see them my blood just move............keep going backwark NDP and gave Mr. Hill the job let him go forward
  • school boy (02/10/2013, 15:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    school children say Malvern is the dark horse in the race
  • E. Leonard (03/10/2013, 14:17) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guy has the education and training, demonstrated experience, effective problem solving skill and ability, proven administrative talent and effective interpersonal skills to excel as the CIO.

    Further, he is familiar with the strategic and tactical operations of the department. He has been loyal to and served the organization and the people of VI well.

    Consequently, he should be either appointed to the position or be given the opportunity to fairly and on a level playing field compete for it.
  • Supporter (03/10/2013, 18:10) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Wait a minute, acting? so you trying to say they have plans to bring someone else as the CIO but for the time being Guy just "filling space" till they ready to get rid of him? hmmm. Nonetheless congrats Guy, those who know you know you're a man of integrity & will conduct business to the best of your ability
  • hollywood (03/10/2013, 19:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    lest hope the child aint ACTING for 3 years
  • Pressure on NDP (03/10/2013, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (26) Reply
    the power of the media only because of VINO story they run and do his acting with speed..pressure bust pipe!!
  • mary j (03/10/2013, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (18) Reply
    At this point it's clearly just a matter of the NDP and Dr. Smith trying to save face as they do not want hill....
  • jost (03/10/2013, 20:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    just make sure you remember there is a place name Jost Van Dyke
    • um.. ok (04/10/2013, 07:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Man ayu jvd pple like to much freebs! you think them ain know jost van dyke is part of the bvi's too? Go sit down man!at the end of the day, ayu still gon be treated as a step child so keep calm and go siddown!!
  • Release (03/10/2013, 22:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Hill is highly qualified
  • ..yessir (04/10/2013, 06:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Im so glad the psc and the ndp gi e guy a chance once more! Now make if indefinitely until his retirement. .!!!
  • -Kno who to mess wid - (04/10/2013, 11:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now listen right idk what happen to some people In This place call BVI ...some people jus negative yu could see who small minded and can be easily manipulated but let me tell ayo something ...Guy Hill is the man for the job he is not easily manipulated and he don't take non sense from nobody he stand up for what is right and what he know is right..and who don't like it fi go dig a whole.... I with guy no matter what...hmm ....#goddontlikeugly
  • bvisister (04/10/2013, 11:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Guy. Every year I visit Tortola and I run into you , you always greet me with a big smile. Fo your job and to hell with the ignorant people of Tortola. Congrats agaon
  • under the rada (04/10/2013, 15:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    lets see what they do after 1 year
  • Ms D (04/10/2013, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm happy for Mr Hill! I think he'll bring about positive change to the Immigration Dept and maybe even influence the change in Immigration law and legislation.
  • Str8Nose (04/10/2013, 16:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE FAT LADY WARMING UP FOR THOSE SUCKERS!!!
  • tola me come from (05/10/2013, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    guy will do a great job appoint the man right away
  • BadMan (05/10/2013, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let’s just watch and pray they do not bring a white man over you Guy like they did to Forbes…
  • RedMan (05/10/2013, 22:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I have to say .....Mr. Jennings...you enjoy your retirement the fullest, well deserved my man and job well done you always made me laugh and gave me the very best of advice whether it be personal or about sports or if it were just to be more informed about certain issues..(you the man Mr. Jennings) .....As for Mr.Guy Hill of who I know personally..God sees all and Hears all my man...believe that....
  • bright (06/10/2013, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'll like to wish Mr. Jennings all the best on his retirement, he was always a wonderful individual who always maintain great respect for others,never try to apprehend anyone with rudeness, we need the ideal person like him, a man who has the qualities which are: fair,firm & friendly...God bless he & his family always!!
  • Knight Rider (06/10/2013, 21:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me congratulate Mr.Hill on his acting appointment:In my personal assessment,having worked alongside this honorable citizen of Her Majesty,it is my view that he will continue to serve his people wellin his capacity as chief of immigration,while following the law of the immigration ordinance.
    My family join me,as we pray for god's guidance for Mr.Hill.
  • Transfer (07/10/2013, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will gladly Transfer to Immigration from Police
  • C. (07/10/2013, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats cuz. I'm very proud of you.


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