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GOVERNMENT HOUSE: Mapp Taps Avril George To Be Acting Labor Commissioner

NEW ACTING V.I. COMMISSIONER OF LABOR AVRIL E. GEORGE

CHRISTIANSTED — Averil George has been named Acting Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor effective Monday, June 25.

George, who currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Division of Personnel, replaces outgoing Labor Commissioner Catherine Hendry.

Hendry submitted her resignation this week after advising Governor Kenneth Mapp that she was offered a position to serve as legal counsel for the V.I. Port Authority. She is expected to commence her duties at VIPA shortly.

“Commissioner Hendry has worked diligently on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands and at a time when growing our workforce is essential to our continued success,” Governor Mapp said. “I thank her for her service to the people of the territory and wish her well in her new role at the Port Authority.”

Hendry has served as Labor Commissioner since 2015.

“I have had enjoyed my time with the Department of Labor and I know that the Department will continue to work on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands,” Hendry said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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