The Public Service Commission (PSC), the organizational body that governs the public service of St. Vincent and the Grenadines now has a new Chairman in the person of Lawyer Stephen Williams who replaces outgoing chair, Lawyer Cecil “Blazer” Williams who served for nineteen (19) years in that position.
Stephen Williams was sworn in last Friday November 20th, 2020 at Government House, along with the five other new members of the Commission.
The other members appointed are Dr. George Bristol former Principal of the George Stephens Secondary School, Lennox Bowman former Chief Executive Officer of the Government Employees Cooperative Credit Union (GECCU), Patricia Martin former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Anastasia Browne-Harry, former Civil Servant. Sidney Morgan, a former Sergeant of Police, will represent the Police Service Commission.
Speaking at the Swearing-in ceremony, Governor General Dame Susan Dougan acknowledged the contribution of the former PSC Chairman Cecil “Blazer” Williams and expressed gratitude for his service, along with the other members of Public and Police Service Commission for exhibiting “a high standard of professionalism, always resourceful, reliable, committed and served faithfully and well.” The Governor General reiterated her confidence in the appointed members that they will serve their country well. Dame Susan Dougan, further stated that all members are “poised to provide exemplary service.”
The Governor General stated the importance of a succession planning component, noting that it should be taken very seriously. The first female head of state, added that it is crucial that it is firmly implemented because the analysis shows that it is indicative of what we know, need and what is required in the future; and it is paramount in any Ministry as it involves personnel and humanresources.
In her closing remarks, the Governor General congratulated the newly appointed board members and emphasized her faith in their abilities to make informed and good decisions.
According to the Public Service Commission Department, its objective is to implement and enforce the various Civil Service Orders, Public Service Regulations and Statutes governing the management of the Public Service.
The last day of the 2018-2020 term of the Commission under Chairman Cecil “Blazer” Williams was Tuesday 17th November, 2020.
The Swearing-in ceremony saw the attendance of the Attorney General, Jaundy Martin, senior members of the Public Servants and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.