PSC holds last meeting

After 37 years, the Public Service Commission held its final meeting.

As of 1 January, the personnel issues that the Commission dealt with were turned over to Chief Officers.

The Commission, which held its final meeting 19 December, has been meeting every Tuesday for nearly four decades to review job application forms, promotion requests and requests for acting allowances. They sometimes met twice a week if the recruitment workload was high, which normally occurred when the Education Department were recruiting teachers, said a GIS press release.

The Public Service Commission was established in Law in 1967 and became operational in 1969, holding its first meeting on 29 September 1969.

The first Chairman of the Commission was Geoffrey Horsfall and the first Secretary was Harry McCoy. The present Chairman, Athelstan Long sat as a Commissioner in 1977, became Deputy Chairman in 1982 and Acting Chairman in 1984.

Mr. Long is the longest-serving member of the Commission, serving a total of 29 years including a 22-year stint as Chairman.

Members of the Commission included Jennifer Kaufman as Deputy Chairman, who served for 23 years. She has been appointed by the Governor to be a member of the newly formed Civil Service Appeals Commission.

Islay Connolly was appointed in 1984 and has served for 22 years. Tony Connolly was appointed in 1984 and has also served for 22 years. Andrea Bothwell was appointed in 1987 and has served for 19 years.

Others include Pastor Winston Rose, who has served for 12 years and Sharon Roulstone, who has served for five years. She has been appointed by the Governor as the Deputy Chairman of the Civil Service Appeals Commission.

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