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Police, Public Service Boards take oath

Police, Public Service Boards take oath

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For the seventh consecutive term, popular lawyer, poet, dramatist and social commentator Cecil ‘Blazer’ Williams has been sworn in as Chairman of the Police and Public Service Commissions.{{more}}

The six-member board was sworn in on Thursday December 27th at Government House in the presence of Governor-General Sir Frederick Ballantyne.

Williams is rejoined on the board by former Accountant General Evelyn Jackson and Businesswoman Gwynette Forde, with newcomers Frank Branch, a leading businessman, former Deputy Commissioner of Police David Charles and former Headteacher Anne Jones joining the Commissions.

Charles will serve only on the Police Service Commission, while Jackson will serve solely on the Public Service Commission.

During their two-year tenure on the respective boards, the members will be responsible for appointments, discipline and training of persons in the civil service and police force.

At the swearing in, Sir Frederick congratulated the board members on their appointment and urged them to perform their duties with distinction at all times.

Also addressing the appointees was Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who said he considered the board to be balanced and good. He said that the work done by both boards is vital to the well being of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and that he had no doubt that the board members would perform their duties with honesty, dignity and integrity. (JJ)