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Finance’s Valdamier Collens Is Acting Governor After Mapp and Potter Leave Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Government House in St. Thomas said that Governor Kenneth Mapp and Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter will be traveling out of the territory today.

The official statement did not say where Mapp or Potter would be going or what they would be doing once they got there.

Commissioner of Finance Valdamier Collens will serve as Acting Governor until Thursday, July 19 when Lieutenant Governor Potter returns.

Governor Mapp will return to the territory on Saturday, July 21.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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