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UPDATE: Perline Scatliffe is new Water & Sewerage boss

- Bernard Grant to be named Deputy Director, Manoherlal Kerof sent packing!
The Ministry of Communications and Works Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Perline Scatliffe-Leonard, (left) has been appointed Director of the Water and Sewerage Department and replaces Manoherlal Kerof- a contract worker. Photos: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just as firstly and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online on October 8, 2012, government has confirmed through a Government Information Service (GIS) press release that Mrs. Perline Scatliffe-Leonard has been named the new Director of the Water and Sewerage Department. According to the press release, her appointment became effective December 1, 2012.

Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool whose portfolio the Water and Sewerage Department falls under said he is pleased that Mrs. Scatliffe-Leonard was appointed to this post.  “She possesses the drive, management and administrative skills to improve the services offered by the Water and Sewerage Department.”

Meanwhile, according to a government source, Engineer Bernard Grand is expected to be confirmed to the post of Deputy Director of the Water and Sewerage Department in the coming weeks.  Mr. Grant has acted in the post for almost three years.

The former Acting Director Manoherlal Kerof was advised by Minister Vanterpool a few months ago that his services were no longer needed and his contract would not be renewed.  

The last confirmed Director of the Department was Julian Willock, who was also the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works.

Please see previous story posted on October 8, 2012

Water & Sewerage Dept. shake-up: Kerof out! Scatliffe in!

- Pending personnel changes could come next month to Dept.

Word just reaching this news site from our team of reporters and well placed sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government is that a personnel shake-up is on its way at the Government run Water and Sewerage Department.

It is this news site’s understanding that the contract of Manoherlal Kerof, the acting Director of the Water and Sewerage Department, will not be renewed and he will be replaced by the Ministry of Communications and Works' Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Perline Scatliffe-Leonard.

The move may come as early as next month, according to a source close to the government of the day.  Virgin Islands News Online understands that Mr. Kerof, who has been acting Director for the last three years after the departure of former Director Julian Willock, was told by Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool that his services would no longer be needed after his contract expires next month.

It is this news site’s understanding also that former legislator Elvis J. Harrigan was also at one time being considered for the post, however, that never materialized, according to an NDP source.

The Water and Sewerage Department has been under the spotlight for the past years over issues of a lack of water bills, inconsistent supply of water in some areas, the lack of public sewerage systems in some of the larger communities on Tortola, such as East End, Long Look, Road Town and Sea Cows Bay, and the drastic fall in revenue after the departure of Willock from the Department in 2009.

The Biwater project, a contract awarded to the United Kingdom company to fix the water and sewerage woes on Tortola, has also sparked national debate and was also a hot election issue.

As of press time, neither Kerof nor Scatliffe-Leonard and the subject Minister could be reached for comments.

Mrs. Scatliffe-Leonard has years of experience working in the Ministry of Communications and Works and has risen to the post of manager of the Human Resources Unit within the Ministry. If she is transferred to the post to act as Director she will become the second none engineer to manage the department with the first one being former Ministry of Communications and Works Permanent Secretary, Julian Willock.

She will also make history by becoming the first woman to head that Department.

The Water and Sewerage Department is charged with ensuring an adequate and reliable water supply throughout the Territory, along with the development of efficiently run sewerage systems to strengthen the Territory’s waste management capabilities.

The Director of Water and Sewerage Department is a Government job with a salary of $62,900-$92,150 in Grade 17. 

61 Responses to “UPDATE: Perline Scatliffe is new Water & Sewerage boss”

  • mad (08/10/2012, 08:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    congrats perline happy you got a break out!
  • john public (08/10/2012, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    about time we use another local
  • weed (08/10/2012, 08:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we behind you 100% Perline
  • hmmmm (08/10/2012, 08:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    only in the bvi buddie. only in the bvi.
    • yellow (08/10/2012, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      We in so much trouble as a country when we had kerof up there for so long doing nothing!!!
      • hope hill (09/10/2012, 15:17) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
        hope they get rid of all the other expat contracts workers as bvi people can do the work!
    • Tim (10/10/2012, 20:38) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      hmmmmmm, you sound very silly; you have no idea what goes on in other parts of the world
  • insider (08/10/2012, 08:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    this should have happen long time as its a mess in this place.
  • well my peace (08/10/2012, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    100% wa??? Is it because you are one of dem uneducated numskulls she mek show she before she leave HR. Justice at last!!!! Maybe someone more objective and fair will replace her, hope I aint talk too fast. Yuh know what yuh had but yuh certainly don't know what yuh getting.
    • OH. OK (08/10/2012, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ well my peace. huh????? Ohhhhhh, I think yuh trying to say, numskulls she mek sure she employ before she leave HR. If das wa you trying to say, I agree. She dun full up deh place wid her numskull cronies dem, now she gone. I tell yuh ----- only in the BVI
    • the rock (08/10/2012, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what the hell u just said?
    • Village Cay (08/10/2012, 14:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hmm I'm with you Ms. P
  • big boy (08/10/2012, 10:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    wtate sewearge need to bring back tony he was a verygood officer.
  • Elli (08/10/2012, 10:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Ms. Scatliffe-Leonard! I'm so happy for you! :)
  • BREAKING NEWS (08/10/2012, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done NDP! Send home non-locals and put in a local. VIP is a JOKE!
    • one eye (08/10/2012, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      TO BREAKING NEWS; Please Myron so why you aint fire your JMADOWN PS for a local…two faced hypo....

    • Big bird (08/10/2012, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      'breaking news' the VIP was the one pioneering the hiring of locals and reserving some posts for "local only" so what foolishness you here blogging? suckteeth
  • mother hen (08/10/2012, 12:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perline will do a great job
  • small minded (08/10/2012, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you just jealous of perline but she is a god fearing women...BAM
  • TELL THE TRUTH (08/10/2012, 16:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • E. Leonard (08/10/2012, 17:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perline, assuming that the report is accurate, congratulations on your selection as the acting Director of Water and Sewage Department! You are a superb choice to lead the WSD through these challenging times to maximize resources and improve the performance of these vital utilities. Extraordinary effort will be needed to make these two utilities bankable, i.e., utilities are capable of meeting market norms. To make this happen, will require effective governance and sound business performance.

    Moreover, the action(s) needed to address rising cost, improving quality, responsiveness, and upgrading and improving infrastructure to produce potable water and treated effluent may be both controversial and politically difficult. Nonetheless, economic growth, economic development and economic sustainability require courage and skill in making the tough calls.

    • man down (08/10/2012, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You can bit your life Mr. Leonard, if it’s on VINO it’s accurate...BAM hit the right spot
    • N. Leonard (08/10/2012, 21:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nonsense!!! Is Mrs Scatliffe qualified for the job? That simple answer is no!!!! She does not has the knowledge .............................. Nevertheless, Ccongrats and Good Luck!!! You will need it!!

  • hmmm (08/10/2012, 18:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happened to bernard grant? poor young man
  • Really (08/10/2012, 19:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Now I have mixed emotions about this. While I am glad a local is being considered I am looking at the qualifications needed. If she has no Technical knowledge and will definitely need th esupport of the present Deputy then why didn't that individual get the job. Then maybe the Deputy might not want to step up to the challenge. However it goes she will be counting on the technical skills of others which would make it easy to pull the wool over her eyes. I think the Technical know how is needed in that department now more than ever.

    To E.Leonard those ares you identified in your last paragraph can be addressed by a strong Technical skills in the field, efficient and organized administrative skills and good support staff. For instance a capable HRM and Office Manager being placed at WSD not just persons looking for a payday or counting their time to retirement. It's just a matter of having individuals do their jobs. Willock was a LEADER that's why he got it done without the full force technical skills.

    • Humbug (08/10/2012, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Point taken but hold your thoughts. it's a brand new day. this going be one of the best government departments. watch.
      • insider (09/10/2012, 12:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        ayo could talk all the cocka may may you want about mr. willock but aint got a man could run the water department like he and dats ah fact!!!!!!
    • E. Leonard (08/10/2012, 22:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Without a doubt, although Julian Willock did not have a strong technical background, he did an oustandin job leading and managing the WSD. As such why are we giving Perline a failing grade even before the class commence. Lets give her an opportunity to excel just like Julian was given the opportunity to. Technical skills are more at the base and middle of the skills triangle. But as one move closer to the apex of the triangle, strong managerial and leadership are more importtant at the top level.

      True, a technical background can be a vital asset in performing well at the top level. Nonetheless, it is not an absolute that one needs to perform at the top level. At the top level, one needs managerial talent, ability, knowledge, skill, interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability.....etc to get the job done. Perline just need to demonstrate effective managerial and leadership skills in planning, organizing, directing and controlling personnel, financial and other resources to get the job done. She needs to put the right people in the right positions to be successful;she needs the flexibility to put right team in place. The bottomline is lets not give her an "F" before the class starts.

      • Nepotism (10/10/2012, 15:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Unc giving niecy a positive shout out. That is all good though.
    • billyb (09/10/2012, 15:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

      Purline dont give a crap about water and sewage. It is all about position one's self to do what it takes to get a handsome retirement package. Ask drex. All of them the same and that is why communication and works will always fighting for last place. Because no one cares for the work, they just care bout the check

      • Hmm (09/10/2012, 19:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        You classing Ms. p with Drexel, and then putting money in it. poor you; you apparently hating because you really don't know the person you talking about. fight some other battle buddy, cause you wasting people time here.
      • Well said (10/10/2012, 06:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Including you? You cant speak for water and sewerage staff, we getting another fighter and we not complaining so dont speak for we, and by the way nobody isnt suppose to move up the ladder? Communications and Works moving to get back to where it was - first place - take notes.
      • Strupes (10/10/2012, 07:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        She makes a difference in and out of Government in the lives of others without asking for pay or more pay so what difference you making than on here blogging pi$$? Drexel break down Public Works but i guarantee that water and sewerage gaining a passionate worker to build up. When, and if, you getting your break through, because sometimes we ginx ourselve when we think or speak, mek sure you want it to mek a difference like the good lady does.
  • critic (08/10/2012, 20:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    girl yo sure them aint setting you up to fail and then turn around and get rid of you?
    • Strupes (08/10/2012, 20:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't worry about a thing... the action man has confidence in this one and I do too. this lady is a force and that force waiting to break out long time. had herself tied up for far too long. action man know this one can achieve what he wants done. proven champion she is. Congratulations perline. boop, boop
  • Boss (08/10/2012, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next in line is The bvi port authority Shake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • want to know (08/10/2012, 22:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Yeah (09/10/2012, 06:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Technically so.... and stop trying to downplay the situation and they ain't sending someone up there new, that department need a strong manager, leader and person with drive. bernard and the lady going up going be a powerful team because she ain't going downplay him. out with kerof, he downplay the boy enough.
    • Release (09/10/2012, 07:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I do not know Grant but all I have heard is that he is much to do about nothing and is not a go geter
      • want to know (09/10/2012, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        • Hello (09/10/2012, 19:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          You think Ms. P going up there blind? You all vain may boy; behind her 100%. I believe she has more ropes to show him than he got to show her. He technical, and it got a lot a technical backing her so don't go blabbering too fast. wish her good luck and move on.
          • God is Love (10/10/2012, 07:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            I believe you. She know all them Departments inside out and can function in anyone of them; people going wonder why they had her lock down so long. Trust I I dont believe she going up there blind. You need managers with strong leadership, vision and pushers to carry those government departments. which department next? DMV?
        • Oh boy (10/10/2012, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The people in charge would know why we all don't ask them what they think?
  • Eagle and Buffalo (09/10/2012, 09:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are we jumping the gun and prematurely getting ahead of this story that there has been no official announcement and may or may not be true. Though VINO is batting 1000 on these issues, this still pure speculation. Nonetheless, there may be a tinge of sexism here. Former PS Julian Willock served as Director of Water and Sewage and he did not have a steep technical resume yet performed fairly well. What is good for the gander should be good for the goose. The supporting staff should be technically competent; and the Director's role to coordinate and marshal the resources to meet the department vision, mission, goals, and objectives. It is Ms. Leonard's time to shine; lets support her by giving her the opportunity to sink or swim. She will swim.
    • same (10/10/2012, 11:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      yes willock did a marvelous job at water and sewage and I have no doubt that Perline will do the same
  • vex (09/10/2012, 12:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    good luck mrs. leonard but i am also happy she is a local
  • fact check (10/10/2012, 14:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just a nice way to get Mrs. Leonard out of the Ministry of works
  • October man (11/10/2012, 08:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The whole service is in a mess and morale is low all over! People are just tire of unfair treatment
  • 1 (10/12/2012, 14:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    at least the VIP go one
  • teacher john (10/12/2012, 14:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good luck perline!!
  • ABC (10/12/2012, 23:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This has nothing about whether this lady is suitable for the position or not. Neither is it about whether Grant is effecient or not. It has to do with a systemic take over of the Civil Service by our elected representatives. To achieve their objectives they are filling key positions in the service with individuals who they are able to control and who are prepared to do their biddings. It is taking place in Statutory Bodies as well as the Civil Service. Quality of service no longer matters, just obedience. And then we ask, what is happening to the service? Yes it is happening right in front of and with the knowledge of the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the P'S in the Deputy Gov's Office.
    I once labled Tilford Oneal as having done more damage to the Territory's finances than any other leader of this Country but this is likely to be surpassed by this Adminstration if strict controles are not put on our present Ministers. Believe it or not, except the Governor or the Deputy Governor arrest this problem, I am afraid that we could be in for a long hot summer.
  • goal (10/12/2012, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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