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Dawn J. Smith appointed newest member of PSC

- Is expected to take over from Elvin ‘Soupie’ Stoutt
Local attorney Dawn J. Smith has been appointed the newest member of the Public Service Commission.
Elvin Stoutt is expected to be replaced on the Public Service Commission after many years of service. He is a retired Permanent Secretary and current businessman.
Elvin Stoutt is expected to be replaced on the Public Service Commission after many years of service. He is a retired Permanent Secretary and current businessman.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - News just reaching this news site from its team of reporters around the Virgin Islands is that prominent local Attorney Dawn J. Smith in private practice at Conyers Dill & Pearman is expected to be appointed the newest member of the powerful Public Service Commission (PSC).

It is unclear when the appointment will be effective but it could happen as early as when the PSC holds its first meeting for 2012.

According to Virgin Islands News Online sources, Smith is expected to replace retired Permanent Secretary and businessman Elvin Stoutt, who served on the Commission for many years. It is unclear why Stoutt, who was the pick of the National Democratic Party, is giving up the post.

Under the system, there are five members of the Commission, one selected by the Government of the day, one by the Virgin Islands Civil Service Association, one selected by the Opposition in Parliament and two selected by the Governor.

The PSC is constitutionally mandated to make recommendations to the United Kingdom appointed Governor on all recruitment, appointment, training, promotion and disciplining, along with the power to suspend and terminate employment of all civil servants.

The PSC mandate was strengthened under the 2007 Constitutional Order, Section 91 where by the Governor is obligated to accept the recommendations of the Commission unless their decision affects the United Kingdom’s interest in his view.

Attorney Smith, a former Director of the Virgin Islands London office is an Associate Attorney specialising in advising clients in multiple jurisdictions in Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA; a Bachelor's of Law degree from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; and a Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Ms. Smith the sister of Financial Secretary Neil Smith is also a Notary Public of the Virgin Islands.

Up to publication time, Virgin Islands News Online was unable to reach Ms. Smith for a comment.

The other members of the five-member Public Service Commission are Antonette Skelton (chair), businessman Ishmael Scaliffe, Rev. Julian Clarke and businesswoman Patsy Lake.

15 Responses to “Dawn J. Smith appointed newest member of PSC”

  • Peacemaker (11/01/2012, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    PSC is an another unnecessary committee! Those responsibilities can fall under the portfolio for Human Resources
    • billy b (11/01/2012, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Everything has to be an NDP, VIP thing huh? Wow, I'm sure the whole world over, is having a hearty laugh at our (BVIslanders) expense. Where was your comment when VIP embraced this committee, My goodness, I sich au ayo now
      • Peacemaker (11/01/2012, 17:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        billy b... how in the hell can you misundersand a simple statement as such and come to the conclusion that I was bashing the NDP! To clarify for your simplemindedness, while I am convinced that Ms Smith is quite competent in such a post, those responsibilites of the PSC can be done by the HR department. I have been saying this for years now about the purpose of the PSC, even when i went before them when the VIP was in. However I cannot fathom, how my simple statement can be misconstrued as a "party based" comment. Ignorance is just too common! PS... I am sure that the whole world all over is having a hearty laugh at your constant ingnorance on these blogs!
        • billy b (11/01/2012, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          If the committee is unnecessary, then her competency for the post should be irrelevant, then any freak behind the curtain could do it. Being before PSC myself, I see the necessity even if you don't, (the bar should be raised at the the line of questioning, I've observed other weaknesses) but further wasting my time getting into those reasons with you is of no interest to me. You stick by your dump post and I stick to mine. You have been saying PSC is unnecessary for years; take a hint, there's a reason why noone's listening, lol
  • Jog (11/01/2012, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not sure what this is for but Dawn is a good candidate for anything. As a student I saw her work in London and she knows her stuff.
    • billy b (11/01/2012, 16:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @jog, you think people like "peacemaker" cares that she knows her stuff??????? All them care about is bashing NDP, regardless of what they do The NDP is putting people in place to turn this territory around for us and even if we were to be rank #1 in the Caribbean to recover the quickest, guess what??? THEM GONNA STILL TALK If NDP could employ OBAMA, to come and turn our territory around, VIP supporters will get all twisted up in their underwear.
  • qqq (11/01/2012, 15:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    just let's hope she is pro BVI!
  • civil servant (11/01/2012, 17:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a good pick I have confidence that she will be fair and objective and treat people within the laws…she will not turn out to be bias as the chairlady! Congratulations Dawn!
  • critic (11/01/2012, 21:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another one on the government breast? too many smiths on these nipples now man
    • Release (12/01/2012, 10:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hush she do not need this as its more charity work than anything. We support you Dawn and know you will bring balance as the PSC for the last five years has been a show down between NDP and VIP which is sad sad sad….
      • facts for ayo (12/01/2012, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        yeap the PSC is another political machine...
        • Native Son (13/01/2012, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          for real----Skelton, Clearke and Dawn-NDP while Pasty-VIP and Ishmeal-indepdent so NDP rule the day....
  • Virgin Son (12/01/2012, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With her busy law firm would she get the time????? Another NDP but she will be objective!!
    • london baby (14/01/2012, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree Ms. Smith will be fair and none political unlike the others who are only driven by helping the NDP and getting all VIP out, and fulling up the service with NDP so they could continue screwing the VIP over!!!…GO DAWN WE ARE PROD OF YOU I WORKED WITH YOU IN LONDON AND KNOW YOU HAVE REAL TALENT!
  • west end massive (14/01/2012, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Stoutt you look good in that pic...I wish you god speed...for good health and strength.

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