Former OfReg boss passes

J. Paul Morgan, the former chief executive officer of the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg), has died.

Morgan was the first CEO of OfReg, which commenced operations in 2017. His contract with the regulatory body came to an end in August 2018.

According to reports in local media in Jamaica, Morgan died Sunday morning.

The board and directors of OfReg issued a statement Monday afternoon in which they said they were is deeply saddened by Morgan’s passing.

The statement read: “Mr. Morgan was the chief architect and expert who designed the regulatory framework that created and amalgamated the disparate sector regulatory agencies into one entity [which] we now know as OfReg. He also served as the first CEO of OfReg from its inception in January 2017 until August 2018.

“J.P., as he was fondly known, was a reservoir of public utility regulation knowledge, with a repertoire of skills that characterized his success as a regulatory giant in the Caribbean region and beyond. The Board of Directors and staff of OfReg conveys sincere condolences to his wife and family during this time of sorrow and grief. We remain thankful for his dedication and work in making the regulation of public infrastructure in the Cayman Islands better for the future.”

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper said Morgan was a founding member of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) in Jamaica.

Morgan also served in the capacity of deputy director general of the organisation before being appointed director general.

He was a regional consultant on energy, telecommunications and water policies and had more than 40 years of experience in utilities, engineering, utility regulation and management.

Morgan, the Gleaner said, was also a founding member of the Organisation of Caribbean Unity Regulators and served as chairman on more than one occasion.