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Arliene T. Penn Out! as Communications Director

-is now Governor’s acting secretary
Arliene T. Penn out as Communication Director. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ms Arliene T. Penn has been booted as Communications Director in the Virgin Islands (VI) government and has since been placed to “act as Executive Private Secretary, Office of the Governor effective August 20, 2018.”

Information reaching this news-desk is that she was essentially marginalised in the post of Communications Director, with the Dr. D Orlando Smith (AL) administration, contracting a number of consultants, to undertake responsibilities previously taken on by Ms Penn.

Manage Public Image

In her new capacity, Ms Penn will act as the head of the Office of the Governor's, Virgin Islands (VI) team, and will also now be tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of the Office and the supervision of the administrative staff and indirectly the staff at the Government House and the Old Government House Museum.

Additionally, Ms Penn, according to a Government Information Service (GIS) press release, on August 31, 2018, “will lead in the implementation of the strategic plan and objectives of the Office and forge partnerships across the Public Service and with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to achieve objectives and solutions.”

This, in addition to assisting with the management of the Governor's public profile—through proactive planning and coordination of events, appearances and communications.


Ms Penn was appointed Director of Communications in 2011, serving as Advisor to the Premier and other government officials including, heads of department and other senior public officers, House of Assembly members, statutory bodies and boards.

As Communications Director, she also served as accounting officer and provided strategic leadership and advice to the Department of Information and Public Relations.

Additionally, she also provided administrative and policy support to the Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office in various areas including financial services, National Risk Assessment, immigration, international affairs, and tourism, among other areas.  

14 Responses to “Arliene T. Penn Out! as Communications Director”

  • 1 (01/09/2018, 12:15) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Good move
  • Kingdisher (01/09/2018, 12:48) Like (14) Dislike (18) Reply
    About time cause she was a waste of time.
  • tretretrete (01/09/2018, 14:31) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    Isn't the move a demotion....
    • to hmmm (01/09/2018, 21:49) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      It's actually a promotion. Congratulations Mrs. Penn.
      • Ah no (02/09/2018, 07:29) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        It's an unexpected transfer from NDP movie to acting class to secure a post.

        Not well prep I may say but job security is a must since England bringing in its crew.
  • Congratulations! (02/09/2018, 07:26) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congratulations Ms Penn. May your opportunities in this role give you the chance to further develop your talents and skills. Thank you for your continued service to our territory.
  • onlooker (02/09/2018, 12:46) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    She was the worst Director of Communications ever. I hope she performs in this new post.
  • be positive (02/09/2018, 18:37) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Everyone always has the worst to say about people we have to do better.
  • NDP supporter (02/09/2018, 19:09) Like (17) Dislike (10) Reply
    Good move Premier in getting this lady out who was embarrasing you and the NDP. Now watch how the Premier and NDP government will move.
    • yes (03/09/2018, 06:56) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
      That’s what is done best failing and find someone to blame. We see through this mess
  • Hopeful (02/09/2018, 21:14) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    hopefully serious contacts to the Governors office won't wind up deleted or in the trash. like if someone had an
    attempt on their life, and the people who get the Governors' communications just sit on it. Not a good way to
    make friends. Someone had an attempt on their life saturday nite by a nut, i won't elaborate. best hope the
    us military doesn't cruise up and push buttons. kind of thing the Governors' office ignores.
  • Charley Rose (02/09/2018, 22:58) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    When a ship is sinking the captain seeks to blame everyone else but himself. Despite the transfer of Mrs. Penn to the governor's office, the writing is on the wall for the government. I think this transfer is a blessing to her. It is about time for the electorates to choose another party to administer the affairs of this country because it will sink deeper into economic crisis.

    There seems to be a lack of vision in the government. For too long they are running around with no plan to make any progress. This is the only country that do not reshuffle its cabinet. Some ministers are sleeping and are doing the same things repeatedly with no success. It is time for new blood and new vision in the government. NDP MUST GO.

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