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UPDATE: It's official! Ritter-Freeman to act as CIO

- VINO's story confirmed; Ritter-Freeman to act as Chief Immigration Officer for one year
Geraldine Ritter-Freeman has been appointed to act in the post of Acting Chief Immigration Officer for one year, effective today, August 22, 2016. Photo: Facebook
Geraldine Ritter-Freeman (right) has been tipped for the post of Acting Chief Immigration Officer and is expected to take up duties as early as next week. This means that it is the second time Mr Guy M. Hill (left) has been snubbed for the post. Photo: VINO/File/Provided
Geraldine Ritter-Freeman (right) has been tipped for the post of Acting Chief Immigration Officer and is expected to take up duties as early as next week. This means that it is the second time Mr Guy M. Hill (left) has been snubbed for the post. Photo: VINO/File/Provided
Mr Ian B. Penn will be proceeding on study leave in a couple of weeks. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Ian B. Penn will be proceeding on study leave in a couple of weeks. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- This news site first and accurately reported on August 19, 2016 that Geraldine Ritter-Freeman was chosen above Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Guy M. Hill for the post of Acting Chief Immigration Officer.

Our story was confirmed today, August 22, 2016 by a Government Information Service (GIS) press release, which stated that Ritter-Freeman is to act in the post for a period of one year.

The appointment was made by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John S. Duncan, OBE, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission and takes effect today.

According to the press release, Mrs Ritter-Freeman has 20 years of combined experience as a senior manager within the Virgin Islands’ public and private sectors, with training in public sector management, communications and public relations.

‘Uniquely qualified’

Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Mr Brodrick Penn stated that Mrs Ritter-Freeman is uniquely qualified to serve as the Chief Immigration Officer and said, “As Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Mrs Ritter-Freeman serves as the desk office for immigration matters and has worked closely with the Immigration Department to provide ministerial support for the department’s administration and operations, as well as to help shape and formulate policy.”

She has served on the Immigration and Labour Sub-committee – a select committee responsible for making recommendations for the reform of Immigration and Labour laws and policies.  She also directly supervises the Status Unit that facilitates the processing of Belonger and Residence applications.

In addition, Mrs Ritter-Freeman has represented the department at regional meetings on topical immigration issues such as asylum protocols, border management and the free movement of people within the region.

Mrs Ritter-Freeman has a Master of Business Administration (Public Sector Management concentration) from the University of the West Indies, along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from the Norfolk State University. In addition, she holds a certificate in public relations from the Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) in crisis management and imaging.

During her tenure in the public service, she also served as the Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer in the Department of Information and Public Relations where she had oversight of a multi-unit organisation.

Her other work experience includes work as the Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing for the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and as a Management Officer with the British Virgin Islands London Office.

Mrs Ritter-Freeman succeeds Mr Ian Penn who has proceeded on a leave of absence to pursue further studies.

The snubbing of Guy M. Hill for the second time by Government, however, has not gone down well with some members of the public who have turned to social media and blogs to express their dissatisfaction.

See previous article published August 19, 2016

Hill snubbed again! Ritter-Freeman tipped for Acting CIO post

- Ian B. Penn to proceed on study leave

It was in May this year this news site first and accurately reported that Acting Chief Immigration Officer Ian B. Penn was slated to proceed on study leave in September 2016.

The names floated at the time included Malvern Barthwaite, who is an Assistant Secretary in the Premier’s Office and has acted in the post of Chief Immigration Officer before; Geraldine Ritter-Freeman; Keith Dawson from the BVI Tourist Board and Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe, who has since been named Acting Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office.

This news site can now disclose that Ritter-Freeman has been tipped for the post and is expected to take up her new post as early as next week.

Mr Penn will be proceeding on study leave in a couple of weeks.

This means that it is the second time Mr Guy M. Hill has been snubbed for the post of Acting Chief Immigration Officer.

Mr Hill acted as Chief Immigration Officer during late 2013 to October 2014 but he was never confirmed to the post after it was reported of a fall-out between him and the Office of the Premier, the Ministry under which the Immigration Department falls.

He was then replaced by his Deputy Ian B. Penn as Mr Hill was reverted to the Deputy Chief Immigration Officer’s post.

According to an NDP source, “some see Guy as too strict and not flexible enough, but he is a man who sticks to the law.”

Mr Hill has law enforcement background after working for many years in the United States of America in law enforcement.

Meanwhile, it is unclear whether Ms Ritter-Freeman’s appointment will be a temporary one or whether she would be confirmed to the post, since it is vacant.

Her title is Acting Deputy Secretary within the Premier’s Office, which also oversees the Immigration Department. She has been the desk officer also for the Immigration Department.

85 Responses to “UPDATE: It's official! Ritter-Freeman to act as CIO”

  • god will deliver (19/08/2016, 16:34) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    Poor guy
    • Smile (19/08/2016, 21:32) Like (20) Dislike (39) Reply
      The law is the law is the law. Mr Hill is very good at what he does, but unfortunately doesn't understand the difference between a technocrat vs a manager. Businesses and individuals who have immigration issues, need solutions (what a manager provides) but all Guy does is quote sections of the law (what a technocrat / bureaucrat does).

      There have been too many complaints that he does not offer solutions which is why he has not gotten the job.
      It is nothing about whether the NDP government or anybody else likes him or not.
      • me (20/08/2016, 08:00) Like (62) Dislike (4) Reply
        So he is a man with high standards and is mindful of the law, he is then perfect for the post. Why would you settle for anything else, but you know it is because of his has high standards he won't get the post because he cannot be manipulated or intimidated.
      • @smile (20/08/2016, 08:03) Like (50) Dislike (5) Reply
        You hit the nail on the head. Mr Hill is being passed over yet again because of his integrity and insistence on holding up the laws of the Virgin Islands. He refuses to bend to political requests or pressure to bend the rules. He instead insists that said cowards put their "illegal instructions" in writing. The solutions you speak of are basically bending or breaking the law. Mr Hill can keep his head high well knowing that his reputation and integrity are intact and you should hang yours low for suggesting that the CIO should not!
      • SMH (20/08/2016, 16:35) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
        @smile...You are truly ignorant. When it comes to immigration and securing our borders we must exercise the law and not the whims of people and polititions. That is why Tortola is a mess with No standards. Hold onto your integrity Mr. Hill. Do not allow yourself to become anyone's puppet.
        Miss Ritter is not ready for that job so she needs to leave it alone.
      • Smile (20/08/2016, 18:24) Like (12) Dislike (16) Reply
        I never said anything about Mr. Hill bending to the whims of politicians and lowering his standards.
        I am talking about Mr. Hill being helpful to businesses and individuals with immigration issues, by providing guidance under the law.

        Numerous businesses and individuals have immigration issues and when Mr. Hill is asked, he quotes the law.
        He does not offer solutions (under the law) to the issues, he just states the law.

        This is what I mean about the difference between a manager and a technocrat.

        @SMH before you accuse anyone of ignorance, please ensure that you are not ignorant yourself. Read before you respond.
        • SMH (21/08/2016, 08:29) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
          You do realize that the law is the ultimate guidance. You sound like you looking for loopholes to circumvent the Laws! People like you is what is wrong with the system.
      • BRAD BOYNES (21/08/2016, 07:49) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
        @smile. You can bring proof of the complaints against the man in writing? If not stop scandalizing the man's name. And if someone ask a question about the immigration law what the hell you want the man to quote, the book of underwater basket weaving. People like you are dangerous to this country because you can hide behind a darn blog.
        • Peaches (23/08/2016, 10:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          @BRAD BOYNES Please! Please! read over what smile said. English is a funny thing. If you do not take time to read. In essence what Smile is saying is that the powers that be fail to put their "illegal instructions" in writing. Meaning they want him to do this that are not in the law. If their instructions were legal they would put them in writing. READ BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH OR START TALKING WITH YOUR FINGERS ON YOUR COMPUTER!
          • ReX FeRal (25/08/2016, 06:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
            @Peaches "illegal instructions" in writing are still illegal. Still wrong.
      • John (22/08/2016, 08:24) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
        Smile, if mr. Hill quotes the law, why can't it be complied with? You are just another political hack who is not concerned with right and wrong; but your own personal interest. The party is going to destroy this territory.
      • Smile (22/08/2016, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
        I think you all continue to miss the point that I am trying to make.

        Once the government continually receives complaints (and yes, Brad Boynes, there are complaints) about a senior civil servant, that civil servant will not be in that position for long whether the gov is NDP or VIP or any other P.

        Mr. Hill knows the law, we all agree on that. But if he does not move from being a technocrat to a manager, he will not get the position. It is nothing about bending his principles for anyone. All that is suggested, is that he is a principled manager vs a principled technocrat.
        • BRAD BOYNES (23/08/2016, 05:27) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
          Bring your proof. Not complaints against immigration. They wont cease. Bring the complaints against the man in writing not about disgruntle people bitching. You are such a freakin hater.
      • @smile (22/08/2016, 16:05) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
        His job is to carry out the LAW. If businesses and or individual need solutions, that's what lawyers and other such entities are for. Stop "cummingling" the two, like our politicians and their private interests. It does not work in the long run. The Virgin Islands is spiraling downwards faster than a ship with a leak.
        • Lb (23/08/2016, 09:24) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
          His job is much more than simply carrying out the law. If that is the case, then any entry level immigration officer could become the CIO. @Smile is correct. At the level of CIO, it much more than following the black and white of the law. He needs to be the chief financial officer of the organization addressing budgets and expenditures. He is also the head human resources person resolving personnel issues that arise. He is also expected to be the face of the public relations of the department. I agree with smile. He is completely too technocratic and needs to learn the other nuances of the position to be fully effective. It has nothing to do with breaking or bending the law.
          • @Lb (23/08/2016, 10:27) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
            And who says that he doesn't possess those skills as well? Mr. Hill is just a straight shooter and does not compromise his integrity for anyone, in particular politicians. Stay on the primary duty of his responsibility. You are not talking to fools.
          • Smile (23/08/2016, 12:44) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
            Lb - I was going to end my blogs with the last one above but I wanted to thank you and Peaches above for reading and understanding what I am saying.

            You offer your thoughts on a particular story or event and people take the opportunity to insult you and your intelligence.

            For the record, I have nothing against Mr. Hill. I think he is a great guy and an asset to the Virgin Islands. Because I have offered my opinion which may not be what someone else wants to hear, this does not mean that I am a "hater", or asking that Mr Hill lower his standards or break the law.
    • karma (23/08/2016, 11:41) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      BoldFaced VICTIMIZATION (violations) by the NDP continues, and without grease. The world is round. Mark these words!

  • mildred (19/08/2016, 17:06) Like (66) Dislike (3) Reply
    mr hill dont even bother with dem. moon run until daylight catch it give them the lenght of them rope .
    • M. Vanterpool (22/08/2016, 14:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      The minister just got a problem with the immigration officer and people can't put their personal issues aside and just get the government's work complete at the end of the day.
  • me (19/08/2016, 17:18) Like (25) Dislike (8) Reply
    Time to leave meh boy dis country aint for u
    • scott (22/08/2016, 11:35) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why don't you leave? This is the man's native land. I certain he can trace his roots to the fourth and fifth generations on both sides of his family. here chatting shyt.
  • wize up (19/08/2016, 17:29) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guy; once you collecting why sweat the small stuff.....
  • belonger (19/08/2016, 17:34) Like (42) Dislike (1) Reply
    If I was Mr. Hill I would retire and allow govt to do as they plz whether he or someone else gets the job. He will be NO less a man as if he had gotten it. He has served his country well.
  • wise up (19/08/2016, 18:24) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
    What experience does that lady have to beCIF? When will this NDP Government learn to do what is right? Are they trying to let in their friends to the territory even if. they are not qualified to be here? Give us her background in the laws of the country. What is the profession she is trained in. Is she able to answer to the Feds.?
    • ...... (20/08/2016, 07:45) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
      You lost me on your last question. Answer to the feds? We're a British territory dude.. Answering to the feds is not a job requirement..Otherwise, this is certainly a poppy show..
    • Don't worry (22/08/2016, 15:47) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Wize Up, she don't know what the hell she is getting into. She is the new NDP whipping girl for the moment, all that glitters is not gold. They are going to be telling her how to run the office from behind closed doors just like when Bill Clinton was President, Hillary was running the Country from behind closed doors. Mr. Hill can leave this County for the USA and Homeland Security, INS, TSA and Border Patrol will be glad to hire him.
  • The Puppet (19/08/2016, 18:40) Like (45) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not a surprise! Only puppets getting appointed these days. One bit of advice to keeping your post my dear - continue to do exactly as they ask. And her background is in what you say? My poor country.
  • dog man (19/08/2016, 18:50) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    there do it in customs now imm. dept. one day the bucket goes to well and the BVIs is going to fall out.
  • wize up (19/08/2016, 19:40) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    just want to play devil advocate.....if some one from outside the territory is given a job some of us upset; NOW you have two belongers up for 1-job and some still upset....I know Mr Hill have been acting(for so long) that he honestly deserves that post(is it politics or favouritism)
    • @ wize up (20/08/2016, 21:22) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      We are upset because the obvious pick for the job is being passed over for someone without any background or training in the area and everyone knows it is because of pure political victimization.
  • Mtn. Dove (19/08/2016, 19:53) Like (53) Dislike (0) Reply
    This country, My country sucks.......they never support the wright person because they have morals and principles, only the play-doh type of people that are pawns in there schemes that when they grease they're palms they know they're getting a kickback or suddenly documents, evidence even containers go missing. This country is being dragged through the mud due to greed selfishness and politricks.
    #leadersneedtoleadnotsteal#
  • facts man (19/08/2016, 19:54) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Once again an NDP administration is more interested in the almighty dollar than he is in what is in the BVI best interst
  • .... (19/08/2016, 20:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sadly, the cases of our people getting snub is just the start
  • Really? (19/08/2016, 20:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a vigorous response to this
  • Socrates (19/08/2016, 22:11) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is meritocracy dead as a door nail in the BVI's public sector? Are cronies and those willing to tow the line by asking how high when politicians say jump? Is the snubbing of Guy Hill just pure raw politics? Is there anyone in the VI more qualified than Guy Hill to serve as CIO? Is Guy Hill snubbing due to his professionalism? Guy has proven that he has character, trust, integrity......etc but I can the Premier and others claim the same? Is the Premier a huge disappointment? Should not all people that want fairness and equality rally against the horrible injustice meeted out to Guy? How about a 1959 style March? Did the March reactivated the defunct legislature, and started election of represensatives? Did not Noel Llyodd and Positive Action Movement (PAM) protesting causing the rescinding of Kenneth-Bate Hill 99 year lease of Wicksham Cay and 1/2 of Anegada?
  • UKIslander (19/08/2016, 22:26) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guy hold your head up don't be no puppet for the NDP they want people who they could have like moo moo like the one at labour.I was in the parking lot one evening at the admmin complex and the way in which the labour minister spoke to the commissioner at labour right there and then i would have put him in his place but you see people like them want to be in position and would take sh.....from ministets thats why I admire Guy they not going to degrade him and h3 sit on it but what goes around comes around.
  • Hmmmm (19/08/2016, 22:36) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the sole issue with so called virgin islanders. Since these guys get into Government all they have done is hate their own people and cause separation with this elitist behavior. They look down on their own people and operate solely in favour of expats. They called the man in ungodly hours to allow a stripper to come in for a so called supporter. he said no and they beef about it. Then what is so bad is the law and order man who call himself Governor and responsible for Civil Service dont do a damn thing about it because all he wants is the get those so called educated people to sign off on what they UK wanted. So Guy do your job. This seems that in order to survive in Government stop doing your job and do what the Minister want and take all the blame. Premeir get these people from digging their fingers so deep in your behind and do what is right. Stop snubbing your own people for idiots like those who keep using your good name for their bad use. Stop shaming your mother and father. They thought you better than that. We all know your a very kind man please stop allowing these people to victimize your people.
  • pity (20/08/2016, 03:55) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is precisely why government is not doing well. The persons trained for the job are not given the job!!!!

    Why cant some young people be honest with themselves.They know they not up to the task but because of money and recognition they want to be in things. The Feds and other border control agencies will be able to wrap their fingers around her. Meanwhile the country suffering.
  • Observer (20/08/2016, 09:29) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    like to know how some people coming into the territory get scrutinized while others who are criminals or just plain
    bad people waltz right in, get their work papers for whatever - and are trouble. a certain caribbean country that
    starts with a 'J' has all kinds of jerks that are allowed here and really have behaviour and attitude issues.
  • yea (20/08/2016, 10:08) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP is servitude party, they control people lives by giving opportunities to some denying others.
  • Yardy (20/08/2016, 10:29) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    She pretty!
  • family (20/08/2016, 12:25) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    That writer is correct. Orlando stop bringing shame to your mother and father. You got an opportunity to run COUNTRY AND YOU GOING TO ALLOW THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR. You were raised better than that. The other dont respect their heritage or their people only their pockets. You better than that. You above that. Make your Mum proud of her hard work in raising you. Give the young man the job. He is from main street just like you. Forget about this NDP nonsense and show your humanity. DO WHATS RIGHT.
    • So true (22/08/2016, 22:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is just Premier in name only. He don't know or fail to see anything. Most of the time he looks like he is wondering off in LALA land somewhere. The bald headed Alfa male is calling the shots from behind closed doors and you allow him to do so. Doc, please go back to medicine. Politics is not your thing. Sorry but, you and your Administration is destroying the Country.
  • Diaspora (20/08/2016, 12:36) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    This politics ting ain't for Orlando Smith. Medicine is his ting; he needs to go back to it. He came into the game with much credibility and integrity, for he was a doctor with great standing and capital. But he has used up that capital with not much to show for it. He is leading with the strength of a wet noodle. If he were to continue leading as he currently is, history will be unkind to him. Where do he stand among H.L. Stoutt, Williard Wheatley, Cyril Romney, and Ralph O'Neal, all former Chief Ministers and Premier, respectively?

    This vindictiveness against Guy because he did his job with professionalism per the law ( is this not what we want from civil servants?) is uncalled for and an unforced error. Doc look in the mirror and also examine your conscience if you got any left. Does it say that the right action was taken? Except for politicians misusing their power and status and getting their rocks off, what positive good can come from this sleezy action? None. It is not going to improve our quality of life one iota. In fact, it will further divide the territory. There is no contest as to who is best qualified to lead the Immigration Department. Guy Hill is. The territory needs unity, not division, to grow. We will remember at the polls who acts in self interest and those that act in the national interest. The BVI is at a crossroad and needs all of us pulling together, not some pulling and some just along for the boat ride. The Opposition and the Governor must share blame in this SNAFU with Guy. If the Opposition were stronger and if the Governor were not also leading like a wet noodle, things would be different. Guy, hang in there and do not let them win. Leave on your own time table but the time is not yet. Time longer than twine. Power and status evaporate quickly. Cuz be strong. We will talk strategy and tactics soon.
    • CBV (22/08/2016, 13:52) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      MRS. RITTER-FREEMAN ONLY GET THAT TITLE BECAUSE OF HER RITTER TITLE, THAT GIRL FIELD IS IN RADIO PERSONALITY OR TELEVISION, EVEN IF SHE GOT MASTERS IN THIS OF THAT, SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE LIKE MR. HILL. WAIT, TIME LONGER THAN TWINE.
      • CBV (22/08/2016, 17:15) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
        a Ritter last name has nothing to do with it!
        If you want the job how about you apply for it?
  • NDP. Tell us why? (20/08/2016, 13:45) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell us why Mr Hill is not qualify for the top job? Or Why this person is more qualified that Mr. Hill? We want to know . U must no something we don't know.. Tell us.
  • WTF (20/08/2016, 16:58) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
    This f**** government is something else. Why Geraldine Ritter/Freeman? What experience does she have that has prepared her to manage this department? We will always end up behind the eight ball, because of the nepotism, subjectivism, unfairness, and corruptive practice of government. I wonder if government can give reason based on objectivity and not favouritism why Geraldine was chosen to fill this position. This is shameful.
  • do the right thing (20/08/2016, 19:18) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    DR.Smith stop shaming us man. We complain about people coming into the country and doing wrong and you have a man there who does his job. What in the hell is wrong with you man. We take and elect a set of people who suppose to smart with degrees and this is what we get, a total snubbing of our own people and you think this is right? TELL ME MAN, YOU THINK THIS IS RIGHT? These Degrees take away all common sense? Is this what book sense suppose to produce? NO NO NO. If you were my child and don't care how old you are I would slap sense back into you. You born here man, Stop making us look like idiots to the world. You support that man in giving this UK Woman a job that should be done by our own people and talk about qualifications and now you have one there in Mr. Hill and now instead of being of your word you now want to put this young lady there with no experience. So with the DPP thing you were just lying to us. Damn you Sir Damn you. We are not fools and we will deliver this notice. Give the gentleman the job. He is best qualified. Give it to him or we give somebody else yours. Stop letting us down like that.
  • Boo (20/08/2016, 21:26) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    What a sad place the Smith NDP government has brought the BVI to! This makes absolutely no sense
  • Political Observer (20/08/2016, 22:22) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Does not the civil service fall under the Governor's purview? And if so where is the Governor? Is the governor a rubber stamp for anything put on his desk or he only resist when it suits his desires? In principle, should not the best qualified person be selected and appointed to a position? Is the Governor in on the snubbing and abuse of Guy Hill? As Socrates noted, who in the VI more qualified than Guy to serve effectively as CIO? The Governor apparently is treating Guy's situation as he handled not appointing a commission of inquiring into the Tortola Pier Park project. It appears as if he is taking a hands off approach and letting locals abuse locals, enjoying the incivilty and infighting. It is local against local so don't blame the UK. The UK will only weigh when the blood shed gets too much and they have proven that they cannot govern themselves. On the surface this may be smart politics but there are no Pilates in this situation.

    The Governor and buy extension the UK is equally guilty on this public flogging of a civil servant whose only crime was doing his job according to the law. The Governor's office should be the office that provides oversight and provide protection from wrong doing. But the Governor has failed miserably. Can Guy appeal to the Governor and get a fair and unbiased hearing? It does not appear so? Where does Guy go next? Does he go to the Foreign and Commonwewlth Office? Arthur Hodge(1763-1811, member of Legisaltive Council and Legisaltive Assembly, slave owner and planter farmer, was convicted of killing one of his slaves, tried and hang. The only planter class in the West Indies hang for killing a slave. Imagine that, a Planter Class being hung for killing a slave.

    It must have been above the pale. Well, the abuse of Guy is in the same league and needs to be recorded in the annals of VI history as such. The UK is taking a hands off approach and probably saying let them n......s kill ( not literally) one another other. The Governor needs to do his damn job or else he needs to be relieved for cause. This is a clear cut case of injustice that even the blind can see clearly is wrong. Many may take a see nothing, hear nothing attitude now but tommorow may be you or a relative. This issue wreaks of wrong and needs some sunshine to cleanse it. The local government cannot solve it and it requires shaming the UK government into doing the right thing.This is a clear case of political interference and discrimination that is preventing good governance. Has the UK government fail? Or it is too consume with the Brexit debacle to give a shit about some n.....s out in the colonies? Has it no sense no shame or sense of decency?

    Does this ting has a tinge of Upstreet vs Downstreet? This may sound like a stretch but hmmmmmm I know what I know. Mouth open tory jump out. What they say, where there is smoke there is fire and those that pretend that they cannot mash ants are the worse. Guy needs our collective help to right this wrong for all Virgin Islanders, for if this goes like a puff of wind so too will the VI society and someone else will be calling more of the shots-may be.
  • Bohannon (21/08/2016, 00:06) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Give them both a test on;
    1. The immigration laws of the Virgin Islands Cap.130
    2. The Virgin Islands Penal Code
    3. The Virgin Islands Constitution and immigdation requirements
    4. Determinants of Immigration status
    5. Psychology and the legal system
    6. Detecting immigration document fraud and benefits
    7. Language test in Portuguese,Mandarin, Italian and Spanish.
    8. Immigratikn and the environment
    9. Immigration and financial service
    10. The Virgin Islands Labour Code
    11. VI Customs laws
    12. Conservation and Customs laws.
    ok. There is more but Enough. After that make an unbiased and fair determination.


  • oops (21/08/2016, 21:45) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not following the rules and regulations has become the norm in the BVI that is exactly why the financial services is under such scrutiny right now. Certain compliance officers and their bosses only see the BVI as their cash cow and the responsible authority let them get away with too much.
  • Truth B told (22/08/2016, 09:16) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am do disappointed with Tortola's government. They have no integrity whatsoever and are too self consumed. The Premiere himself started from humble beginnings..a life of truth and honesty. What has happened? He has allowed certain people to have more say than they should..and those same people will soon have this Country in poverty. Border protection is something to be taken seriously. You CANNOT and SHOULD NOT appoint people that will not uphold the law. This government should be ashamed. People are laughing at Tortola..even the people that live here that are not from here. country itself is already known as "a lawless country" imagine whats going to happen moving forward. The NDP government need to stop their $%!+..stop victimizing your own people..people that are qualified to do the job.The Queen will take over shortly and lets see what will happen then.
    Mr. Hill and others like him God dont sleep ..you have done nothing wrong..hold your head up high.INTEGRITY means everything. Their dsy is soon coming..ALL of them have something to hide and soon much if it will be revealed.
    As for the one that's leaving so nuch could be said about him as well..but time will speak for itself..he too will reap a lot of what he has sown while in that position...theres a lot they think people dont know..but school children talk
  • sad (22/08/2016, 09:41) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    You know whats funny..you hear nothing from the bishops, pastors , ministers, priests, and churches speaking up about victimization in this country. Tortola have more than its fair number of churches where the voices can be heard. But they cant speak up because they to want what they want..they to want to be able to make a call to labour and immigration and get favors done..instead of doing things the right way. This so call christian community need to stop with the hypocrisy. You cant get up and preach truth and afraid to step to your government or anyone regarding truth and integrity...truth applies only to what they want it to apply...they want to encourage their members to speak for other things but the things that will affect the country you hear nothing about.
    Churches set aside your differences join together and start speaking out.
  • Wala (22/08/2016, 13:02) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    Come on people, she pass through many "posts" to get this one. Give her a break, she tired.
  • cbc (22/08/2016, 13:46) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    THIS IS MY 2 CENTS. POLICITICS IS IN THE BVI GOVERNMENT. IF YOU LOOK AT IT GUY HILL IS MORE QUALITIFIED THAN RITTER-FREEMAN.
  • Law Abiding citizen (22/08/2016, 14:15) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Hill is a straight person. He's not the type to take unethical order. Orders that contradict the law. That's why he'll never be considered. In other words....he's not a puppet.
  • tola (22/08/2016, 14:52) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    CONGRATS SHE IS A NICE LADY SHE WILL DO A GOOD JOB
  • What a shame (22/08/2016, 15:08) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmm.... Only bcuz Hill aint going stand for them shit is why them giving him a hard time. But he is the man for that job them will never find another. Why make laws and want to break them for the RICH ONES? Why give away our country to the whites... who dont even like us...them see that the BVI IS A TREASURE...so thats why them going pay anything to get what them want here. I thought the Government say them for the PEOPLE OF THE BVI...Hill you hold tight she wouldnt last under that kind of pressure. i called this NOSENSE!!!!
  • All I can say, (22/08/2016, 15:58) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only in the BVI. Welsah!
  • Ques (22/08/2016, 16:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are her credentials? How is it she is being up from job to job? Something seems fishy. NDP have to give account for all these wrongs they are doing to our people. What is worse they are doing it right under a governor who should look for good governance and transparency.
  • Tallfat (22/08/2016, 16:21) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Congratulations to you Mrs. Ritter-Freeman on your appointment. Best wishes in your new post.
  • ausar (22/08/2016, 17:26) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    YAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!

    Congrats Geraldine!!! You were always a beauty and was always gracious in everything you do !!!

    YAAAAAYYYYY!!!
    • Black People management style.. (23/08/2016, 07:22) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is the behavior not just with government. In private companies also. Once u have a different view to those in charge and express it strongly.. You are on the transfer list or the black list... These people are not leaders they are bosses. There way or the high way.. No matter how many times their way failed .. They find everyone else to blame .. Instead of humbling and try it someone else's way...They rather sink the ship with all of us on it... They choose death..
  • Sarcasm (22/08/2016, 18:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just keep saying yes to the politicians and you will be ok.
  • This is Crazy.. (23/08/2016, 07:11) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is Crazy. I understand why. They want someone who would go along with them. When they say give this person and that person resident and be longer status though they don't meet requirements.. Hill will say " no." There are a lot of applications that meet the law requirements.. They have to be considered first. So to avoid this hurdle it makes sense to by pass him..
  • keep it real (23/08/2016, 07:38) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    politics rules over competence
  • The Alpha & Omega (23/08/2016, 08:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    Ritter job at the London house......why was it cut short. 

  • Anxious (23/08/2016, 09:00) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where did all the money go? Taxpayers have to pay these enormous loans. We want to get value for money. The governor must tell us what has happened for he sits in cabinet. He should be protecting the people of these islands, not just a few.
  • Just saying (23/08/2016, 09:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Hill, what the goonies did to you was wrong. See, the goonies think we are stupid. No matter what they say or try to sugar coat things, we the public knows what is going on. There will be a time when they are going to really need you. When that time comes, turn your rear to them and slap it in their faces.
    That goon squad and their puppets need to get lost in the wind.
  • PCP (23/08/2016, 13:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE POSITION HAS ALREADY BEEN FILLED. I DONT WANT THE JOB, I BELIEVE GUY HILL IS MORE THAN EXPERIENCE TO FILL THAT POSITION THATS IS WHY I HAVE A SAY IN THISNOT RITTER-FREEMAN. AND IN FACT, GUY IS A BORN TORTOLIAN, HE AINT COME FROM ELSEWERE.....THAT'S MY 2 CENT, PUT IT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT. "THE OLD FOLKS SAY IF YOU CANT TAKE THE HEAT IN THE KITCHEN, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN" WAIT, I SAY WAIT...
  • Sure (23/08/2016, 15:02) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr.Hill is the bigger and better man. Doc and his posse is going down next election. That NDP posse is
    Nothing but a bunch of crocked rotten apples in a bucket. They draw a line down the middle of this Island. One side you have the HAVES and on one side you have the HAVE NOTS.

  • Truth (23/08/2016, 15:54) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Your opinions don't matter! Congratulations Mrs. Freeman!!
  • Pick ur poison (25/08/2016, 02:44) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let's be honest he was given a prior opportunity as CIO. I understand you have the law to uphold however bearing in mind businesses were crying he should ha sat down with the premiers office to work out a strategy which would enforce the law while assisting business to get back on track. He needs to be more forward thinking than that we are not the USA or these countries where we generate money from high taxes or other sources most of the revenue is streamed though FS work permits and others. I have no issue with Hu doh g his job buys let be frank we was the first choice and he didn't show any initiative to help grow the economy all he offered was 1990 draconian enforcement.
  • Grady Cain (25/08/2016, 06:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ pick your poison. Whats ur moot point? Get cancer and die A$$hole.
  • ahea (06/09/2016, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    first thing first remember the goverment have goten the approval to extend the airport beef island .they need to bring in all the chinies to work on the airport so they making sure they wont get block. and leave ourlocal out in the cold. so they get rid of penn who learn about them and bring in ritafreeman is will be the yes thlady and will not fight back for she is now right whe they want her. ........ and some of them crooked senior officers. lady dont stoop low to please no politician and dirty low. go in and do your job look out for your officer and have their interst at heart and your job will become easy and all ports. stop the senior officer from taking advantage of the people beneath them. there are some real nice officers. but the old ones who know better maker feel like crap. that one mis p........ think she ownes the department she too need to go on study leave to deal with people. to the new cio do your work fair and honnest take care of your staff also remember your christian achild of the most high god. do good and it will back to you and your children and your children children may bless you . watch for wrong doing of the goverment you will soon see their trueness



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