Wednesday, March 21, 2007

David Pearey Re-appoints Veteran Official as Deputy Governor

On Friday, March 16, BVI Governor David Pearey announced re-appointment of Elton Georges to be the deputy governor of the jurisdiction. With the agreement of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and on behalf of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Elton Georges would replace Mrs. Dancia Penn, which was appointed as Deputy Governor of BVI in September 2004, with effect from April 1.

It should be said that deputy governor is the second highest position in the British Virgin Islands. He usually acts in the absence of the governor, performing all the office duties and functions. The deputy governor supervises 17 departments, statutory bodies, as well as specialized government units, including the Attorney General's Office, Audit Department, Civil Registry and Passport Office, Governor's Office, Clerk of Executive Council, Human Resources Department, Office of the Legislature, Training Department, Police Force, and others.

Elton Georges was the deputy governor of the British Caribbean territory from 1983 to 2003, and now he came out of retirement. In making the announcement, Gov. David Pearey said he is delighted to welcome Georges back to this position. The Governor also said Georges will help him oversee the islands' affairs until a permanent appointment is confirmed, likely before the end of the year. George will help run the civil service in the jurisdiction, and will also act for Pearey in the periods of his absence.

"Mr. Georges served with distinction in that role for many years and contributed massively to the furtherance of BVI's interests in that time," Pearey said. "I greatly look forward to working closely with Mr. Georges."

The Governor added that he enormously appreciated the contribution of Mrs. Penn, her wise counsel and her dedicated service, and wished her success in the next phase of a very distinguished career. Also, Pearey made it clear that Georges' appointment is an interim one, and said he expects that a full-time appointment to the position would be confirmed before the end of 2007.

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