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Merlinda Philomene Named VITEMA’s Deputy Director Of Human Resources

KINGSHILL — Merlinda Philomene has been named Deputy Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) effective Monday – August 16, 2021.

Philomene started her career in government at the Office of Collective Bargaining, then served at the Department of Education; prior to this appointment; she was the Human Resources Manager, at the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority.

“VITEMA is pleased that Philomene has agreed to join our team, she will be task with improving policies and procedures in Human Resources and Labor Relations and focused on recruitment for the agency,” VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen said. “.As the deputy director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Merlinda will be responsible for 150 plus employees territory-wide, and she will be based on the island of St. Croix.”

Philomene holds a BS in Human Resources Management, is Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt Certified, and has several certifications and memberships in Human Resources and Labor Relations.

“I am proud to be joining an agency that is focused on improving planning, emergency, and recovery efforts for the territory,” Philomene said. “I look forward to supporting the employees of VITEMA, as well as the community and aiding with improving our quality of life while encouraging the highest standards in government transparency and public trust.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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