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Governor-Elect Bryan Identifies Team That Will Choose Top Government Officials

CHRISTIANSTED — U.S. Virgin Islands Governor-Elect Albert Bryan, Jr. has named the people who will lead the ten transition assessment teams charged with the responsibility of providing the incoming administration with detailed analyses of the current state of the government.

Each assessment team includes members of the community who have interest and expertise in their assigned areas of focus.

“I am excited to announce the leaders of the Bryan-Roach Transition Assessment Teams,” Governor-Elect Bryan said. “With their assistance, our administration will be ready to tackle the challenges we anticipate on day one. Tregenza and I are looking to our transition assessment teams to conduct forensic studies on the present functions of government by interviewing department heads and reviewing operational procedures and relevant documents. Their assessment reports will provide our administration with immediate action items.”

The governor-elect revealed the assessment teams during a November 28 press conference where he announced Karl Knight and Dayna Clendenin as Co-Chairs of the transition. Additionally, he announced that Lieutenant Governor-elect Tregenza Roach would chair the Human Resources evaluation team which has already begun the task of meticulously reviewing resumes submitted to the transition’s website by persons seeking managerial positions in the new administration.

“Our goal with regard to human resources will have two prongs. Of course, we wish to maintain the wealth of institutional knowledge in our departments and agencies, yet we also want to create opportunities for others who want to contribute to government service but who might, otherwise, have been left out,” added Lt. Governor-Elect Roach.

The assessment teams and their leaders are:

Education & Workforce Development

Shawna Richards

Justice & Public Safety

Kye Walker, Esq

Marise James, Esq.

Financial Affairs & Taxation

Nathan Simmonds

Health & Human Services

Dr. Donna Christian Christensen

Economic Development

Ava Penn

Economic Regulation

Hubert Lorenzo Frederick

Government Personnel & Operations

Kevin Rodriquez

Energy, Environment, & Infrastructure

Susan Penn

Housing, Sports & Recreation

Claudia Charles

Hurricane Recovery

Anise Hodge

Also named were Eugenie Williams, Clemmie Moses and Tara Lewis McFarlane as chairpersons of the district inaugural committees. Williams will serve as the St. Croix District Chair, Moses as the St. John District Chair, and McFarlane as the St. Thomas District Chair. Yolanda Cabodevilla Bryan, wife of Governor-elect Bryan, will serve as the Honorary Chair of the Inaugural Committee.

Persons interested in more information, about the transition or to submit a resume by December 19, should visit:

Governor-Elect Albert Bryan Jr. (left) Interim Press Secretary Richard Motta (middle) and Lt. Governor-Elect Tregenza Roach held a press conference on Wednesday in Estate Richmond, St. Croix.
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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.

1 Comment

  1. Equal opportunity
    December 5, 2018 at 11:05 AM — Reply

    I hope Mr Bryan practice whet he preached selecting his cabinet by their qualifications not who they know. As a former head of labor he knows well about Equal opportunity employment law.If he would just follow law and hire the most qualified it would make a huge difference in the quality of government services.

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