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UPDATE: Guy Hill Out! Ian B. Penn In! as new Immigration Boss

-Yet another Virgin Islander pushed around in the Public Service by the National Democratic Party Regime
Government has confirmed that Ian B. Penn (right) has been appointed to act as Chief Immigration Officer replacing Guy Hill. Photo: Provided/VINO/File
Officials denied that acting Chief Immigration Officer Mr. Guy Hill (left) is going to be replaced by Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office Geraldine Ritter-Freeman. Photo: Provided/VINO/File
Officials denied that acting Chief Immigration Officer Mr. Guy Hill (left) is going to be replaced by Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office Geraldine Ritter-Freeman. Photo: Provided/VINO/File
Speaking exclusively to this news site Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mr. Brodrick Penn flatly denied that there is a move afoot to replace Hill with Ritter-Freeman. Photo: Facebook
Speaking exclusively to this news site Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mr. Brodrick Penn flatly denied that there is a move afoot to replace Hill with Ritter-Freeman. Photo: Facebook
Another officer close to the situation advised our news room to stay tuned, as there will be some changes at the Immigration Department. However the source did not elaborate. Photo: VINO/File
Another officer close to the situation advised our news room to stay tuned, as there will be some changes at the Immigration Department. However the source did not elaborate. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was this news site that was the first to accurately report on October 17, 2014 that there were moves afoot to remove the Acting Chief Immigration Officer Mr. Guy Hill.

While the Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Premier's Office Brodrick Penn had denied at the time this fact and scoffed at the name of Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office Geraldine Ritter-Freeman that had been floated around to be his replacement Mr. Hill’s removal has come to pass.

In a press release issued on November 4, 2014 by the Government Information Services, it confirmed yet again another of Virgin Islands News Online's stories.

The press release stated: “Mr. Ian B. Penn has been confirmed to act in the post of Chief Immigration Officer for a period of one year, effective November 1. The appointment was confirmed by His Excellency the Governor Mr. John S. Duncan OBE, after considering the advice of the Public Service Commission.

The Chief Immigration Officer has the overarching responsibility for administering and implementing the immigration laws and policies of the Virgin Islands.

Additionally, the Chief Immigration Officer serves as the Government’s key advisor on matters pertaining to immigration and is responsible for the overall planning, management and coordination of the department.

Mr. Penn attained a LLB (Honors) from the School of Law of the University of East London and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the H.L Stoutt Community College.

Prior to his acting appointment, Mr. Penn served as the Acting Deputy Chief Immigration Officer. He has also served in other capacities with the Immigration Department for over 20 years. His other work experience includes having worked with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General’s Chambers.”

In addition, our National Democratic Party (NDP) source called our news room this morning to say, “I told you so!” When asked of the same senior NDP official what they will do with Mr. Hill he said that the Premier and Minister of Immigration Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has agreed for him to revert back to his post as Deputy Chief Immigration Officer.

Mr. Hill is currently on vacation leave and efforts by this news site to reach him were futile.

It is reported by the same NDP sources that there were tensions between Mr. Hill and the Acting Permanent Secretary Mr. Brodrick Penn along with the Minister for Immigration Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

It is reported that the tensions are over that of the interpretation of the Immigration Act as well as issues of discretion not being exercised by the then Ag. Chief Immigration Officer Hill.

Others have alleged that Mr. Hill has often requested to have some of his instructions be placed in writing, but at times that has not been forthcoming.

The details of the discretion are unknown at this time.

See previous story published on October 17, 2014:

Is Ag. CIO Guy Hill being forced out? 

-Officials denied that Mr. Hill is going to be replaced by Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office Geraldine Ritter-Freeman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There continues to be whispers inside the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration about the future of the Acting Chief Immigration Officer Guy Hill.

Mr. Hill an indigenous Virgin Islander has been acting in the post for one year and his acting appointment expired on September 30, 2014.

To date according to this news site’s sources within the NDP it is alleged that no recommendation has been sent forward to appoint him to the post.

It is reported by the same sources that there is tension between Mr. Hill and the Acting Permanent Secretary Mr. Brodrick Penn along with the Minister for Immigration Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

It is reported that the tension is over that of the interpretation of the Immigration Act as well as issues of discretion not being exercised by the Ag. Chief Immigration Officer.

The details of the discretion are unknown at this time.

Ritter-Freeman will not replace Hill - Ag. PS

This week the unsubstantiated rumours increased with the allegation that there is now a move to replace Mr. Hill with the Ag. Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office Geraldine Ritter-Freeman.

However, knowing this news site’s high and cemented journalistic standards for accurate reporting and information and never reporting rumours, we made contact with official sources.

Speaking exclusively to this news site Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mr. Brodrick Penn flatly denied that there is a move afoot to replace Hill with Ritter-Freeman. “Let me put it beyond doubt for you, I mean I don’t like entertaining these conversations but I am telling you [she is] the Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office…that is her substantive post and no she is not replacing Mr Hill,” said Penn.

There has been no response from Premier Smith to our inquiry, who the final decision rests with on who is appointed to the post. Immigration is a subject under the Premier’s portfolio.

Another officer close to the situation advised our news room to stay tuned, as there will be some changes at the Immigration Department. However the source did not elaborate.

Mr. Hill’s Qualifications

Hill 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.

Last month a talk show host Donald E. de Castro wrote the Premier an open letter asking that Mr. Hill not be transferred and that he was the best man for the job of Chief Immigration Officer.

The last officer confirmed to the post was Dennis Jennings.

The Chief Immigration Officer post is a government job at grade 17 with a salary range of $62,900-$92,150.

108 Responses to “UPDATE: Guy Hill Out! Ian B. Penn In! as new Immigration Boss”

  • JACK BE STILL (17/10/2014, 12:05) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you on top of things
  • Solutions (17/10/2014, 12:20) Like (45) Dislike (7) Reply
    PUT GUY HILL IN CHARGE OF THE POLICE FORCE
    • Serpico n Durk (17/10/2014, 14:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Not. There will be much suicide in there.
    • the rock (17/10/2014, 16:09) Like (19) Dislike (17) Reply
      thats a great idea and then put Ian Penn over immigration..boom!
    • Mary Jane (18/10/2014, 07:11) Like (47) Dislike (4) Reply
      I'm with you on that Mr.Hill will do a great job.He's a no nonsense person.He follows the laws it doesn't matter if your're mister big or small.The laws are the laws and that's what he complies to. Lets give him that chance to CLEAN the ROYAL VIRGIN ISLAND POLICE FORCE UP.
  • xxxxxxxx (17/10/2014, 12:23) Like (68) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hill keep standning up for what is right boss
  • TurtleDove (17/10/2014, 12:28) Like (72) Dislike (1) Reply
    dem need to stop tell lie dem want to move dey man hill yes
  • Natures Little Secret (17/10/2014, 12:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well..what a thing! This little country has a lot of secrets...Position..Power..Geraldine Ritter is like a yo-yo up and down...fromAnnouncer on GRod..to GIS replaced by glamour girl to HLSCC now at premier's office..from Premiers office to Acting CIO.. being used like a tool. Word is on the street Broderick.. and you put it out there yourself..
  • ReX FeRal (17/10/2014, 12:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    B. P..n is a real bastard.

  • strps (17/10/2014, 12:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    well word is ritter awesome wid ha mouth skills so yea hill u out
  • ReX FeRal (17/10/2014, 12:46) Like (89) Dislike (1) Reply
    Deliver Hill from the workers of Iniquity, and save him from bloody men n women
  • Truth (17/10/2014, 13:01) Like (53) Dislike (23) Reply
    Mr. Hill is good at his job, he is qualified at his job, but that doesn't mean he can head the Immigration Department. Being the Chief comes with a lot of administrative responsibility and having to know how to deal with people. He is trained as a field officer and he knows the law. That doesn't automatically means he can steer the ship. He should get a top job in the area of security but I don't know if he can manage being CIO where a measured attitude is needed as opposed to being hardlined no matter what. No organization can function like that. There's a fine line between using discretion and breaking the law. Let us see how it plays out.
    • minute man (17/10/2014, 13:30) Like (70) Dislike (7) Reply
      Hill dealt with everyone fairly across the board. When people dont get the decision they seek they start to call names and criticize. Whats new around here. Hill if you are not appointed. Walk my brother. God is good ALL, not some, ALL the time.
    • Francis (18/10/2014, 08:14) Like (60) Dislike (4) Reply
      @Truth. Point taken but when the law is broken and that is what a lot if people does want this man to do. What becomes of his job? He has a family to maintain too. Over 65 0/0 of people doing business with that department lie to the immigration personnel. Mr. Hill just do not entertain the dishonesty. Is that really a bad thing? You well know that there are lots of you after his neck waiting for him to make mistakes. Poor we in the VI.
    • jimmy (18/10/2014, 20:46) Like (8) Dislike (110) Reply
      Thank you TRUTH you seems to have common sense, which a lot of these moomoo here blogging don't have, I hope all of them read your post.
    • Queen (24/10/2014, 03:38) Like (188) Dislike (3) Reply
      You even know wa u sayin boss ....u 2sided awah??.. if hill have all the qualifications and has bin dealing with immigration for YEARZ in the BVI of course he should be in charge cause he know wa the hell he doing ......wha u tryin say they should bbring in somebody who dont know sh*t about immigration ...and because they not qualified they should b in charge ? #smh. .. thats like bringin in a city girl to lead a farm ...think on wa u sayin before u say it ... #nuffsaid
  • fact (17/10/2014, 13:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    As long as Hill applies the Law to ANY RICh WHITE person, Dr. Orlan..o Sm....will get rid of him. That is way the man rolls! Don't touch them or you are finished.
  • Ganz (17/10/2014, 13:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    @ Truth. Immigration is a law enforcement agency. Personally there is more to it than administrative ops. All ports have supervisors. Hill inherited a broken department and a lot of BS that was going on administratively and in enforcement came to a quick end. A lot if people didnt get him to break the lae for their own selfish gains do now its victimization time. Br....ck just told a lie straight from hell. He is the master mind behind all this because hill wont do his illegal mess. R..ter is a stool pigeon so seize the time. She has issues with h..l too.

  • sensitive (17/10/2014, 13:27) Like (12) Dislike (37) Reply
    When you are in these sensitive positions you cannot carry on like a BULL IN A CHINA SHOP - that was Guy's problem- he needs to take over the Prison when the White Boy goes -
    • Goodness (17/10/2014, 19:15) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      God works in misterious ways
    • SMH (24/10/2014, 15:34) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply

      So because he dont take s..t from people and he stating how he feel and what is right thats a problem??? Mehson hush yuh fk see u aint makin sense

  • double talk (17/10/2014, 13:50) Like (17) Dislike (8) Reply
    Truth you are talking with two tongues and that usually mean devil talk. U 2 bias.
  • ABC (17/10/2014, 13:51) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
    If these Ministers would stop issuing instructions to senior officers which they are not prepared to put in righting, the problems would go away. But that is the nature of our politicians.
  • Mannix (17/10/2014, 13:55) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    All who think the CIO job is a cake walk try it. You neee experience, committment,tenacity and strong will because you get attacks from all with their frivilous requests. The fine line as Truth mention is one you have to strike a balance abd I think Hill knows how to do that very well.
  • sly fox (17/10/2014, 13:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truth obviously you are one of his people and thats fine. What is considered hardlined and measured attitude? From experience Mr Hill's attitude is no different than Broderick's attitude (but you should already know this). So why is it that Broderick who is more qualified in the Financial Services area, is at the Premier's office instead of at the FSC. Maybe the NDP should stop asking him to break the law and allow him to use his discretion.
  • Mean Joe Green (17/10/2014, 14:06) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Truth. Do you know guy hill or not?
  • OMG (17/10/2014, 14:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please, "NOT Geraldine Ritter Freeman".
  • zoe (17/10/2014, 14:51) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guy hill all the way
  • To Solution (17/10/2014, 14:59) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    Boy I agree wid u. Mr. Hill is the best man for Immigration and he also can be the best man for the COP post.
  • Curious (17/10/2014, 15:05) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is it here in these British Virgin Islands our leaders try to place incompenent people at the top? Why do they always blocking persons who are trained for the job and who are willing to stick to the law? Do they feel threatened? It is time to stop the nonsense. Stop the friendship promotion and let the country grow. We need people who cannot be bribe and think for themselves in the top positions in government. Break the curse.
  • 4th district (17/10/2014, 15:21) Like (47) Dislike (9) Reply
    Guy we need a decent candidate in the 4th to run against mark.
    • 4th Ward Rat (17/10/2014, 20:17) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hill is an incorruptible man. He is not political but would have his say. He definitely will put a scare in Mark. The man knows stuff.
  • vincyman (17/10/2014, 15:37) Like (5) Dislike (36) Reply
    hill is a hard line man...is that position u cant be like that,every situation has to be handle differently,the landlord will feel is more if hill continue in this job.
    • look small (17/10/2014, 19:54) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you pay your dafn rent on time and not slend your money on gambling and party ghe land lord wont be angry. What that has to do with hill or immigration? A lot of you Vincy people were helped by hill and the retired Walters but some turned out go be very ungreatful.
  • Real Talk (17/10/2014, 15:49) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
    Our quality of life depends on them making the right decision about who heads this critical Immigration Department and Guy Hill is the most competent individual for the job. The problem is that he is also a man of integrity and grit. Why do we have to politicize every damn decision? That is why our country is doomed. We have criminals that are allowed in for political reasons and political reasons only and it is crippling our society. If he were a puppet, he would have already gotten the job. It is time to start a petition going in favor of Mr. Hill becoming the head of the Immigration Department. Where do I sign?
  • Really? (17/10/2014, 16:01) Like (41) Dislike (17) Reply
    This I am sorry to say is not the job for Geraldine, giving her a job like that will be a travesty. Just ask a sample of the employees that use to work wit her at GIS and you would see what I am talking about. No hate no shade just honest talk. Stop having Guy Hill act and give the man the post already!
    • Jealous (17/10/2014, 18:41) Like (9) Dislike (25) Reply
      Jealousy is a sin.
      • I don't see the jealousy (18/10/2014, 03:08) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
        I see no jealousy in the persons remarks from what I have read they are basing their opinions on her character in one of her previous jobs.
    • get over it (17/10/2014, 18:57) Like (20) Dislike (28) Reply
      That is why she is where she is and you are where you are. BVI people too simple.
      • Simple Me (18/10/2014, 03:23) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
        Really now... Lets see GIS to HLSCC to Premiere Office now trying to go Immigration Office where next the Governor Office? And from what I have observed her tenures at the latest jobs have been quite short, a year or less at most. Doesn't this constant movement from job to job indicate something about her? If we simple minded people can see that then how come you with the highly complex mind cannot?
    • GIS (17/10/2014, 19:08) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      GIS is the travesty nobody don't even want the top job there.
    • small minds (17/10/2014, 22:07) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
  • town man (17/10/2014, 16:29) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need guy to prevent the ebola from entering our shores.
    • @ Small Minds (18/10/2014, 03:00) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think we are discussing the matter at hand, which is who is the right person for the job. That is guy Hill end of story. How can you evaluate the matter without evaluating the persons involved. I would encourage you to not only repeat what you have read in books or heard others say but also analyze the relevance of what you are saying to the matter at hand.
  • Dummy (17/10/2014, 17:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honestly thinks he deserve that position. We are all human we like to show ourself at times until we get what we want. Words of advice mr hill is comply and then complain .
  • mildred (17/10/2014, 19:08) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    REALLY i agree with u give the man the job them finding all sorts of things to say and do to keep down the man the man could run the show if you think one bad wait until the one that dont speak to people who want it .and all you will bawl like cow. leave mr hill where he is and give him the post permanentl
  • voter (17/10/2014, 19:23) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP kicking our people around yet again
  • voter (17/10/2014, 22:04) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    Cuz you will prevail in the end
  • visitor (18/10/2014, 08:19) Like (91) Dislike (8) Reply
    I am a continued visitor to the BVI. My experience with Mr Hill has always been consistent. He's very straight forward..and law abiding. He takes the time to explain. A big difference to your previous Chief Immigration Officer. As an outsider and one who travels Mr. hills behavior is no different than other Chief or head of Immigration. Allow him to do his job.
  • The other side (18/10/2014, 12:37) Like (123) Dislike (5) Reply
    I hear a lot of people talk about Mr Hill. I am a work permit holder and have experienced dealing with Jennings, and Braithwaite. Speaking of my personal experience Mr Hill has always maintained his professionalism with me. If something cannot be done he takes the time to explain. I have never witness any such attitudes as some say. He's simply no nonsense and follows the law. I've been in Tortola for more than five years and I'm finding the government says one thing but do another. He will be an excellent candidate for the position. Order in Immigration will be established.
  • bottom (18/10/2014, 16:56) Like (75) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sometimes we allow our political egos to get on top of us
  • Nancy (18/10/2014, 21:32) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    From waaay back when the Chief Immigration Officer decision has been overturned by the minister in charge. Guy is a "by the book" individual. The Premier's office need to let the CIO and the staff do their jobs. If the Immigration Ordinance states that you cannot get an extension exceeding 6 months then why would the PS call and say give the person the extension. THE LAW IS THE LAW and they are there to guide us. If you want discretion to be used in certain situation then have a discretionary clause in the ordinance if not leave the officers do their jobs.

    There are too many spoons dipping in the pot of Immigration why the place in such a mess.
  • stupidness (19/10/2014, 11:26) Like (57) Dislike (6) Reply
    Get out all the protest sign. We heading down to the immigration department as soon as the announce moving him. Right is right. Wrong is wrong and it's about time the community step up to represent.
  • The Real Judge (19/10/2014, 20:13) Like (74) Dislike (1) Reply
    As a BVIslander, I am surprised to see how this NDP administration it treating their own people. Mr. Hill is more than qualified for this position, however he is a straight man who doesn't allow himself to be intimidated with those above him. You want a person who you could call and ask to do illegal practice and you realized that Mr. Hill is the wrong man. You should be proud that you have an individual of this character to head such an important Department. People Immigration Department is a law enforcement agency, not a Tourism Seminar. You need people with the back ground to investigate and prosecute criminals. Why is this administration so backward in their vision when it comes to Immigration Department. I just can't believe that I am not hearing any comment from any of the thirteen elected leaders on this issue. It appears everyone his covering their faces and don't want to be seen. This is the same thing the criminals that come out to rob us do. Its time this well respected Premier lead his ship instead of acting like a passenger on his own ship. This is the result of the lack of leadership. Hon Premier, Please step forward and do the honorable thing by appointing Mr. Hill to this very important position in this territory. We could be ashored that Immigration would be in good hands and we don't become a minority in our birth place. Wake up leaders, step to the plate and let your voices be heard. How could be build this Little Nation when we continue to throw our people under the bus to die?
  • My My (19/10/2014, 22:31) Like (7) Dislike (41) Reply
    Turth & The Rock could not ha said it better. Penn is a real gentlemon, a administrator, and excellent communicator end the list go on and on. Humble man like he is who making the difference ....
  • idk (20/10/2014, 15:55) Like (48) Dislike (1) Reply
    They need to leave Hill alone. He is working with the laws they give him. If they want him to do other wise, then they need to change the laws...they are the law makers..he is the onlly person I see has the intellengence in that field. I love my government but I will not agree with this decision if they move Hill.
  • persia (21/10/2014, 07:32) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Hill be aware of wolf in sheep's clothing'.
  • Queen (24/10/2014, 03:25) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Guy hill is a no BS person he is the man of and for the job .. he is more than qualified than those people will ever be ... NDP need stop treating people of the bvi as if dem is rock to kick.. GUY HILL ALL DEH WAY ..

    -guy u kno who dis from.. miss u !
  • Del Valle (25/10/2014, 00:24) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Hill is one handsome man.
  • Strupes (26/10/2014, 19:12) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This little place has so many acting positions yet we screaming about low funds.....with all these "celebrities" around we should be a rich country....acting acting acting....conio man
  • Remembering (05/11/2014, 08:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many people forgot the NDP purges in 2005 halfway through their first term....so this is NOT a surprise what's happening now.....
    • one world (06/11/2014, 13:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Brodrick must remember the world is a circle...Treat people right
  • Ah LAUGH (05/11/2014, 09:11) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Come on, Mr. Penn is as much a BVIslander as Guy Hill. Mr. Hill served over 25yrs at Immigration and Mr. Penn has served over 20yrs at Immigration so it's not as though they just placed someone there who doesn't have a clue about the place. This is not about local this or that. We have a local in the position and we should support him. All the best to Guy in whatever he does in the future.
  • You all Sick! (05/11/2014, 09:30) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Where Ian Penn from ????????????????????????? Guadalupe ?????????????
  • uplift our people (05/11/2014, 09:53) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    All of the above are BVIslanders and public officers who are making their respective contributions to the territory. It amazes me how we as a people can pull down and tear down rather than encourage and lift up. Tough decisions have to be made and not all of us will agree with the decisions but the negativity towards our own is appalling and down right disrespectful. They couldn't pay me enough to serve as a manager in government.
  • RealPol (05/11/2014, 10:48) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Raw politics as true as sun rises in east and sets in west or as night follows day or as all rivers flow into the sea or as the wind typical blows south and turns north. It is a sad day for all Virgin Islanders that a highly qualified Virgin Islander was slaughtered on the altar of politics and self–interest. It is a day of weeping, not joy. No one should get any joy of out this, for today Guy was sacrificed but tomorrow it may be you or a family member or a friend.

    We often lament that Virgin Islanders always want jobs that they are not qualified for. Well, Guy is highly qualified yet he was slaughtered and sacrificed, due to politics. What gives? This should send shivers through an already morale-challenge and demoralized civil service. We cannot blame Guv Duncan for this; he may be only acquiescing to the government wants, staying away from and out local politics. Politics all around. If there is a silver lining in this dastardly performance, it is that they cannot say Guy either did not know his job or did not perform his job well. Here is proof. One of his family members has vented that he/she is not going back to Guy for any preferential favors to bend the rules. He has angered politicians, family members and friends because he stood on principle. Guy was fired because he stood on principle and refuse to be a political hack. More Guys, not less, are needed in the civil service.

    Moreover, this is purely poor political leadership. The government leader came to power with some respect mainly because of profession but the respect and confidence is quickly waning. The leader is now seen not as a leader but as another politician. Good leaders stand on principle and will stand alone when needed to support principle. This is a Red Letter Day in BVI life. The BVI is like a ship adrift with neither rudder nor compass. Politics has infected the BVI at an epidemic level. We need to find a cure soon for what ails it, for if we do not pretty soon it will regain its outpost status. I was inclined for more internal self government but today I am not too sure. Look as if we (VI) may need some more adult supervision.

    Guy, keep your head high. You stood on principle and was hang out to dry and martyred. Principled Virgin islanders got your back and the rest of the world is shaking its head in disbelief. Well, what is done is done. Mr. Penn got some big shoes to fill both professionally and literally. We need to wish him well. Karma is a bit….h and will take its due course. Let’s pray for out beloved BVI, for a rampaging political fever has a strangle hold on it. On Election Day voters will have to decide if the present course should continue or the compass needs to be recalibrated and reset.
    • @ RealPol (05/11/2014, 20:02) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Excellent analysis! I have felt the same way myself
    • Hmmm (06/11/2014, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (17) Reply
      Real Pol, you would swear you work in the Premier Office or Immigration Dept. How do you know what went on? Nobody in the public has all the facts surrounding this decision. It looks political so that's what we grasp. How you all expect the country to get any better when everybody believe any rumor that goes around? Guy is a great guy, well qualified, but that doesn't mean he can't do no wrong when it comes to employment. He's still the Deputy CIO. There must have been a reason for it, why we always hold on to politics? Because he's local with a few degrees and lots of experience, that makes him a model employee? In life it's not always what you do, but also how you do.
  • Congratulations (05/11/2014, 10:53) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    to Ian Penn, you told me in London that you wanted to stay in Immigration and it is there you will be and at the top. Mr Hill sounds like a decent man from what I have read in the blogs and I am sure that he will be well placed elsewhere. I see it as putting the best people in the right places and not as one losing over another...it is win win for both of them. N
  • Hmmmm... (05/11/2014, 10:54) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have nothing to say re Ian Penn. However I will say the NDP government has done it again.
    This Christian community that is filled with Christian people in respective positions..how's it you are not speaking up for what is right ..is position and power really worth losing your integrity? Where are the churches and ministers? Believe it or not your power is greater than the NDP Government. Are you doing justice to the Community? ,oh but you the churches want favors to....sad...really sad
    Time to replace the leadership of this Country and vote for people with integrity and people that will be truthful to the laws of the Territory and its people.
  • cay (05/11/2014, 11:11) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp must pay for this
  • Sigh, SMH (05/11/2014, 11:29) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's ONLY about who can be pushed around, and told what to do (whether legal or illegal) by the higher ups. During the year Mr. Hill was acting the post; it was realized that he wasn't going to stand for any nonsense. I 'personally' feel that is why he was removed and replaced by Mr. Penn. I am confident that Mr. Penn can meet the requirements of the position, but the question at hand is if he will stand firm, follow, and abide by ALL the laws in place. The sad part is, if he DOES; we will be replaced as with Mr. Hill. Sigh!
  • Unbelievable (05/11/2014, 12:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are you for Real???? Another person they can control
  • Sarcasm (05/11/2014, 13:13) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    I'm so tired of the NDP forcing out Virgin Islanders................................And replacing them with other Virgin Islanders........Where are the churches to stop this kinda nonsense......Why is the Lord allowing the wicked NDP to replace Virgin Islanders with Virgin Islanders who they feel are more suitable for the job??? Damn you NDPPPPPPPPPP.................. LOL.
    • my 3 cents (05/11/2014, 15:12) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      I have no problem with Penn a VIslander being appointed, from what I am hearing he seems like a stand up guy. However, my issue is the way the decision makers are handling the situation.

      First they promote Hill make him Acting Chief and Penn the Deputy Chief. Now they demote Hill and place him in Penn's Deputy Chief position and promote Penn into Hills Chief position.

      This will create animosity and break down of cohesiveness with in that department. Hill and Penn's working relationship will be affected in some way and it will trickle down to the subordinates beneath them.

      This was a poor way of formulating hierarchy within the organizational structure in the Department of Immigration.

      Leads me to wonder about the emotional intelligence of the person(s) who made this decision. One of the most important attribute of management and decision makes is high emotional intelligence; its obvious whoever made this decision is has an extremely low lever in this area.

      Signed M3C
      • Sarcasm (05/11/2014, 17:19) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Fair enough my friend, fair enough. I can certainly respect a logical comment like yours.
        • my 3 cents (06/11/2014, 01:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Logical thinking is all I engage in when I make comments on any blog, my comments always state my unbiased opinions on the issue at hand.

          Thanks for your acknowledgement by the way.

          signed M3C
  • Shambles (05/11/2014, 13:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alot of locals commenting here never need to visit immigration.
    I was there yesterday and it was a complete disorganised shambles
    Without even any tickets in the ticket roll, everyone guessing who is next.
    That place needs a shakeup and some Organisation.
    It can not be a good environment to work in either as disorganisation leads to slow processing which leads to constant pressure in the work place

  • tola (05/11/2014, 14:18) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    The premier don't know a damn thing even brodrick all they want to do is open the vi doors to every one even criminal Dr smith ain't even running his ministry or rhe country
  • wize up (05/11/2014, 18:43) Like (3) Dislike (17) Reply
    penn is the better man for the post!!!!! he have years in the field and in a better position to take us through immigration reform; we need serious immigration reform here in these islands....hill and penn are the two best men for the job(stop the !uckin$ noise)
    • Mannix (06/11/2014, 04:51) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      If thats the case why switch a rock for a stool? Its obvious ur an insider immigration officer bloggin talking with three tongues. One of the many inside thst department who are not for what hill stood for.
  • Krazy (05/11/2014, 19:14) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Penn I hope the NDP can keep all the promises they made to you...only you know what they are. The funny thing about life is what goes around comes around..many forget that's a true saying. So..just like it was done to Mr. Hill..as long as you're standing up for whats right..the same will be done to you. The NDP putting us against each other... Is there NOTHING they wouldn't do....BVI wake up....
  • report (05/11/2014, 19:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government is to govern to benefit the majority and not just the few
  • brodrick time coming too (05/11/2014, 19:52) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    'Let's call a spade a spade' what they did to Hill is utter non-sense
  • @ Broderick time coming too (05/11/2014, 20:38) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    When his time come I hope he takes it like a man. When their bad deeds catch up with them they call it Obeah .
  • jamgirl (05/11/2014, 22:31) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Congrats mr penn,i know you will do your job to the best of your ability and justice will be served for all because you are a very fair man.
  • facts man (06/11/2014, 09:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guy is going get them back with some hard-hitting facts
  • Thumbs down (06/11/2014, 13:18) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Typical divisiveness of the NDP to put locals to fight against teach other
  • bvislander abroad (06/11/2014, 16:32) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its really sad to see what Tortola has come to. This situation is even more sad because of how it was handled. From reading when this story first posted PS put his foot in his mouth when he said they will not replace Hill with Ritter. So a change of plan. Two weeks later. You read this article. A smart person can clearly see its a political move/tactic ...put Penn over Hill..force Hill to leave Immigration.. Bring Ritter in...and go back to original plan. Victimization? Yes. Except you play the two Penn and Hill against each other.
    It's really sad the leadership of the Country has allowed this to happen especially in an area where laws really need to be enforced. If you go to any other Country immigration laws are enforced and you must follow. Why does Tortola take this thing so lightly..can they not see all that is happening around them? A person that is not willing to stand up for what's right even if it means upsetting the powers that be should not be in charge of this area.
    If the government have problems with the laws change them..however do not punish someone for upholding the laws of the land.
    I'm going to pray for my Country because it's in a sad
    ..very sad place right now.
    For those that can vote ..exercise your right to make a change..Election is soon
  • Observer (06/11/2014, 21:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The headline should read "virgin islander Guy Hill out and virgin islander Ian Penn in."
  • god is good (07/11/2014, 01:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Prayer and fasting really work.....to God be the glory great things he has done folks please dont blame Dr Smith or ndp for putting Guy Hill out the good father in heaven hear the cry of his people and deliver them, under no circumstances Guy Hill could continue there to treat people in the way he has been treating them, he is disrespectful, willful, rude and have absolutely no manners i dont have words enough to describe how rude he is talking to grown people like they are animals. You can tell somebody no but you dont have to demean and belittle them. All i have to say one more prayer answer..i prayed and prayed and prayed and God answered. The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof the world and they that dwell therein
  • Nature (07/11/2014, 01:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truth@ perfect comment you could not have said it better
  • plain and simple (07/11/2014, 23:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP wanted to get rid of Hill because he was following and enforcing immigration laws and Penn is obviously power hungry and saw a prime opportunity to scheme against and undermine Hill to ensure his place at the top. He just gone back to immigration sometime this year as deputy and in a matter of a months he's chief... look like typical crab in a bucket mentality where Penn is concerned and as for NDP they have no respect for the laws of the BVI and this decision is evidence.

    Nothing good can come from this decision. The level of qualifications between both men are like night and day.
  • wize up (08/11/2014, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i hope mr penn send those 2 convicted police from the BVI........


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