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Governor Mapp Recognizes Government Employees on St. Thomas and St. Croix

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he expressed his deep gratitude to nearly 80 government employees at the Division of Personnel’s 29th Annual Employee Recognition Week ceremonies at Government House on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Mapp said that the accomplishments were even more impressive given the challenges faced by public employees in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“This year’s event is particularly important because the public sector employees who worked under tremendous conditions had to also serve the public after two major hurricanes,” Mapp said. “Your work across this entire government is appreciated. We wish to share our sincere gratitude and say thanks to you for the work you continue to do.”

Personnel Director Milton Potter also acknowledged the hard work of Virgin Islands government employees.

“The Virgin Islands Government has literally thousands of great employees who do their jobs well, with a sense of pride, purpose and professionalism,” Director Potter said.

Governor Mapp recognized Office of the Governor’s Employees of the Year Darren Smith, Facility Engineer in the St. Thomas/St. John District, and Lamarr Jacobs, Uniformed Security Supervisor in the St. Croix District, for their commitment to public service and their invaluable contributions to the people of the Virgin Islands.

“I appreciate tremendously the work you do at the Office of the Governor. I appreciate your loyalty, your devotion and your attention to your work. I congratulate you on the example that you set for everyone working in the public sector,” he said.

The Governor commended all public sector employees for their efforts to serve their community. With the resources being provided by the federal government to the Territory, Governor Mapp indicated that there are possibilities to increase salaries and compensation for government staff. He added that the Government is also recruiting new workers.

Click here for the list of 2018 honorees.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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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