Request for Ethical Review
Establishment and Staffing of Community College Development Unit
I am therefore requesting that the Integrity Committee of which you are the chairperson investigate the matter with a view to reporting to the Anguilla Civil Service Association and the Anguilla Teachers’
What is known is that Mrs Dawn Reid heads the Unit. This required her moving from her post as Education Planner to the newly created position of Director of the Community College Development Unit. This post (and it is not known if this is a public service position) was to my knowledge never publicly declared, so no one else got an opportunity to bid for it. A similar thing happened with regard to the other positions filled in the Unit.
My understanding is that the arrangements were handled at the level of Executive Council. This bothers me since the Honourable Deputy Governor, Mr Stanley Reid, the husband of Mrs Dawn Reid, would have presided over or would at least have had knowledge of this process. It begs the question, would this have been permitted had someone else been involved? Is there a case of nepotism here? Was anything unethical done? Were the rules of procedure as set out in General Orders and the PSC Regulations followed?
Please investigate and it would be useful if the results of this investigation could be published for all public officers to read. Thank you.
The Public Service Integrity Board, of which I have the honour to serve as chair, can only function as authorized by the House of Assembly in the statute that established the Board. Basically, the statute provides that the Board has to wait until the Governor sends a complaint of conflict of interest to the Board. Only the Governor can ask the Board to investigate a complaint. And, only a complaint of conflict of interest. And, only against a civil servant, not a politician or an officer of a statutory board such as Social Security or the Health Authority. A pity, really.