LocalNews Public Service of Dominica not politicised by: – January 10, 2012 Tweet 18 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Mr. Felix Gregoire. The opening of the year 2012 is an opportune time to extend warmest New Year’s greetings to all citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica and to thank all Government Employees for their dedication, commitment and diligence during 2011.In recent times, the perception being given in the media is that the Public Service of the Commonwealth of Dominica is politicised. This perception is totally baseless. The Public Service has served the general public with integrity and impartiality and will certainly continue to do so without fear or favour in 2012 and beyond.Section 68 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica states: “Where any Minister has been charged with responsibility for any department of Government, he shall exercise general direction and control over that department; and, subject to such direction and control, every department of Government shall be under the supervision of a public officer whose office is referred to in this Constitution as the office of a Permanent Secretary:”. This section of the Constitution clearly describes the relationship between the Minister and the Permanent Secretary, which demands that in the management of a Department or Ministry the Minister and Permanent Secretary must work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Put simply, the Minister is responsible for policy direction with the advice of the Permanent Secretary while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for the administrative aspects, which include the implementation of policy, rules and regulations.Government’s policy framework is outlined in the Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS) which has been developed with the input of various stakeholders, culminating with the final approval of the Cabinet. Presently the GSPS is being revised for the second time.Given that Government’s policy is outlined in the GSPS, there should be no conflict between the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the implementation of such policy.With respect to the recruitment and promotion of public officers, this responsibility rests with the Public Service Commission. In the performance of its duties the Commission receives recommendations from Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments, (never from Ministers). The decisions of the Commission are final except in the case of officers to be appointed under Section 86 of the Constitution which requires the Prime Minister to give a “no objection” to these appointments. This “no objection” is enshrined in Section 86 (1) of the Constitution and has been exercised by every Prime Minister since 1978.Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments are public officers who have worked their way upwards through the various ranks within the Public Service, and have served various administrations (Governments). These officers, after completing their professional training overseas, have returned to Dominica to serve their country through thick and thin. Many of them could have landed lucrative jobs overseas, but decided to remain in Dominica to contribute to the national development.It should be noted that the few advisors engaged by the Government operate within their terms of reference and are not public officers, although they may report to a Permanent Secretary.There may not always be agreement between Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the specific manner in which programmes are implemented, but this has been managed through the observance of public service rules and regulations, and of course the will to see progress and development in the country.Senior public officers have the discipline to separate personal opinion and agenda from professional advice and good work ethics, given the need to account to their superiors as well as set the example for subordinates and officers under their supervision.The Public Service of Dominica is an institution. Many persons have entered and left the public service and various Governments have been in and out of office. Through all these, the Public Service has remained as an institution established by the Dominica Constitution. The recent Public Service Reform Programmes have been designed mainly to increase productivity in the Public Service. These improvements have produced tremendous results at the Inland Revenue, Customs and Registry for example, while improvements will soon follow in other areas. In conclusion, there is need for the Public Service, like any other institution, to continuously examine its operations, policies and programmes to ensure achievement of targeted development objectives. Therefore, any input, feedback or suggestions that will support the valiant efforts of the Public Service in this endeavour, would be welcomed.Felix GregoireSECRETARY TO THE CABINET & HEAD OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE
Mr. Jack Lee Chase, age 62, of Fairview, Indiana, entered this life on April 22, 1954, in Milan, Indiana, the loving son of, Darrel Edwin and Betty Jean (Scott) Chase. He was raised in Switzerland County where he was a 1972 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Jack was united in marriage to Jill Lynn Scudder on December 26, 1971, by Rev. Velma Manuel at the East Enterprise Wesleyan Parsonage in East Enterprise, Indiana. This happy union was blessed with four daughters: Tina, Cassandra, Crystal and Cayla. Jack and Jill shared nearly 45 loving years of marriage together until his death. Jack was formerly employed for the US Shoe Factory, Randall’s Textron and Bears Furniture Store in Vevay, Indiana. He was employed as a milkman for Thompson Dairy in Dillsboro, Indiana. He was currently employed as a truck driver for Trade & Industry Supply in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for the past 36 years, until his health no longer permitted. Jack will be remembered for his love of NASCAR racing, riding his motorcycle, playing euchre, baseball, softball and croquet. But most of all, Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his loving daughters and his grandchildren. Jack will be dearly missed by his family, friends and his community. Jack passed away at 5:30 am, Monday, July 11, 2016, at his residence in Fairview, Indiana.Jack will be dearly missed by his loving and devoted wife of nearly 45 years: Jill Lynn (Scudder) Chase of Fairview, IN; his daughters: Christina Lynn “Tina” (Chase) Girton and her husband: Jerry of Vevay, IN, Cassandra Rachelle Chase of Pleasant, IN, Crystal Joy (Chase) Richmer and her husband: Andy of Madison, IN and Cayla Lee (Chase) Rogers and her husband: Ben of Bennington, IN; his grandchildren: Christopher David Girton, Samuel Christian Girton, Carson Thomas Byrd, Caleb Jasper Byrd and soon to arrive baby Rogers and baby Richmer; his loving parents: Darrel Edwin and Betty Jean (Scott) Chase of Fairview, INHe was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Hershel and Ethel Chase; his maternal grandmother: Clara White; his brother: Jerry Dale Chase, died February 24, 1968 and his mother-in-law: Rachel (Scudder) Luke.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Pastor KC Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
As the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced last week, Rob Kuznia couldn’t bring himself to watch.“I made a point not to watch the live broadcast on YouTube because I didn’t want to watch myself lose,” Kuznia said.The journalist turned publicist was nominated for a local reporting prize for his work at the Torrance-based Daily Breeze. No longer in reporting, gaining a win was the last thing he expected.But he soon got a call from his editor, Frank Suraci, telling him that they had won.“We were speechless,” he said. “We were just repeating the same thing, which was, ‘I can’t believe this!’ We were pretty inarticulate for a few minutes and then began a day of celebration.”Kuznia and Suraci, as well as fellow reporter Rebecca Kimitch, were also awarded a Scripps Howard Award for Community Journalism before the Pulitzer. Their investigative series, entitled “Centinela: Manipulation, Intimidation and Corruption,” covered wrongdoing within the school district.“It wasn’t until we won the Scripps Howard Award that it sort of dawned on me that [the Pulitzer] was a real possibility,” Kuznia said. “It felt like a long shot to me, so I took it as flattery and left it at that.”The articles covered Superintendent Jose Fernandez’s pay, which was $663,000, as well as other benefits from the district. It led to backlash from the public, a police investigation of Fernandez and his firing. Spending issues throughout the district were also uncovered during the investigation.“Right away, it created a firestorm,” Kuznia said. “A lot of parents, families and students who are living paycheck-to-paycheck came to [board meetings] to communicate their extreme disappointment that this school district, which was supposed to be looking out for them, was really looking out for themselves.”Centinela Valley is a small, low-income school district in Los Angeles County. The district’s test scores ranked last of the 80 school districts in the county, Kuznia said.“This is a very indigent population, and here the leader of the district is making almost $1,000,000 in a single year,” he said. “All the while, the school board is cutting programs that benefitted those students and laying off teachers.”Before working for the Daily Breeze, Kuznia studied journalism at the University of Minnesota, and later worked for newspapers in Minnesota and in Oregon before moving to California. He began working as a communications staff member for the Shoah Foundation in August 2014 and, for now, plans to stay.“I’m sort of taking a wait-and-see approach,” Kuznia said. “I’m looking forward to a state of semi-normality again.”
Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Brom head coach with the club a point above the Premier League relegation zone and without a win in 10 top-flight games.The Baggies were beaten 4-0 at home by Chelsea on Saturday.Albion won their first three games of the season, but have drawn four and lost seven since beating Accrington in the Carabao Cup on August 22.Former West Brom manager Gary Megson, who had been Pulis’ assistant, is taking over “until further notice”.Welshman Pulis said he was “proud” to have managed the club and predicted the team can finish in the “upper reaches” of the table. “My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club’s financial position,” he said.“We have achieved this year on year and I am pleased to have played a part in the club’s growth.“This season, expectations have risen and although we are disappointed with some of our results, one thing I would never question is this group’s work ethic and application.”Pulis has been linked with the Wales manager’s job vacated by Chris Coleman on Friday.Chairman John Williams said: “These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club.“We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.“We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”West Brom faces Tottenham in the Premier League at Wembley on Saturday, and follow that with home games against Newcastle (November 28) and Crystal Palace (December 2).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram