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Gov. Bryan Taps Attorney Richard Evangelista As DLCA Commissioner

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan Jr, today named St. Croix native and longtime attorney Richard Evangelista as Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA).

Evangelista, who currently serves as an Assistant Attorney General with the Department of Justice’s Paternity and Child Support Division, brings to the critical revenue-generating agency, almost 25 years of legal and managerial experience within the Virgin Islands Government. 

Governor Bryan said today that Attorney Evangelista’s appointment is part of the administration’s strategy to improve the processes in place at DLCA and make more efficient the licensing process for new and existing businesses in the territory.

“I cannot overstate how important this agency is to our government as a revenue generator. It is also important to our community as a vehicle for businesses to operate and provide jobs and opportunities for our people,” Governor Bryan Said.

“Our pursuit for efficiency in our business licensing process is one part of our administration’s economic development strategy, and I am happy to have attorney Evangelista lead DLCA in that effort,” Governor Bryan added. 

Attorney Evangelista said Friday as commissioner he is committed to continuing to build on the automated licensing process started by his predecessors and the overall customer service experience for individuals interacting with the department. 

 Evangelist also thanked Governor Bryan for the opportunity to continue serving the people of the Virgin Islands.

“I would like to thank Governor Bryan for allowing me the opportunity to continue serving my Virgin Islands community,” Attorney Evangelista said. 

The St. Croix attorney added, “As a native son, born and raised on St. Croix, I have witnessed the progression and regression of our economy. We are on the cusp of a brighter Virgin Islands, and I am committed to making it happen.  I look forward to continuing to improve the annual licensing process as well as enhancing the customer experience whenever they interact with the DLCA.”

Attorney Evangelista is a graduate of American University, in Washington D.C., and Howard University School of Law.

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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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