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Opposition leader ‘appoints’ former cop Romney

Wellington ‘Butch’ Romney

Wellington ‘Butch’ Romney has been appointed the parliamentary opposition’s representative on the board of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA), which manages all public health facilities locally.

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Fahie made the announcement recently. Romney is his second nominee appointed to a public body since he became Opposition leader in February.

Fahie said he has confidence in the West End resident, Romney, who served for 26 years in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force until his retirement in 2002. Romney subsequently served as sergeant of arms in the House of Assembly. He also did a brief stint in the United States Navy.

The Opposition leader noted that, before he recommended Romney, Minister of Health Ronnie Skelton gave him a hint as to the calibre of person who was being sought on the BVIHSA board.

“He said ‘give me somebody that is going to add quality, add strength to what we are trying to do with healthcare’. I tell him ‘minister I can assure you I am not going to play any politics with this; I am going to give you a name; and if you don’t feel right we will sit down and discuss it,” Fahie said.

He noted that the health minister accepted Romney.

The Opposition leader further said he has instructed Romney to work with the recently appointed chairperson of the BVIHSA Ayana Glasgow-Liburd in the best interest of the Territory.

“I encourage him to work along with Mrs Liburd. I already told him, being that she will be the chairperson for the board, to work along with her. And the beauty is that these two persons I know well; I know both of them in their own unique way go into anything they are doing with the intent of getting 100 percent out of it and getting the best out for the people,” added the Opposition leader.

He also thanked the Opposition’s former representative on the board, Lindel Smith.

“I want to thank him for serving also. He served for many years as the Leader of the Opposition’s nominee. On the board [of the BVIHSA], you only can serve a certain amount of terms and then you can’t go back on. That’s why we have to get someone new.”

“I think that’s a good thing, because too many times people get on boards and they are on forever. After a while, you get diminishing returns from persons who think that they are automatically on. An elected official is different,” Fahie further said.

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  1. Rastaman says:

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    Great choice but we aware of nepotism Mr Fahie.

    • Ruddy says:

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      If this is nepotism who then would you recommend? How about you my friend, would you step forward for consideration? If not, then make an attempt to support the general upliftment of our territory – ok?
      Please, no more tearing down.

  2. Sad says:

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  3. hmm says:

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    Congrats butch!

  4. vip heckler says:

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 8

    Just because of a rumour that butchie is running against him…WOW!

  5. ???? says:

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 10

    Is this a family affair????

  6. wow says:

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 11 Thumb down 8

    A COP IN HEALTH? AIN’T GOT NO RETIRED NURSES IN DISTRICT ONE?

  7. Okay says:

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    Good choice. Other than a former cop he’s also an excellent person & business man.

  8. thumbs up says:

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    Mr. Romney is a fair man. Good selection.

  9. On point says:

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    It is time a person like this that doesn’t cut corners & is fair gets appointed to the health board or any board.

  10. not bad says:

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    Not a bad selection at all.

  11. parent says:

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    Well tis pure D1 people going get appointments.

    • @parent says:

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      Stop the confusion making. Hon. Fahie selected John Samuel for the Public Service Commission and John isn’t from the 1st District. It is clear Fahie is doing what’s best for the Territory & not playing politics.

  12. Kimberly II says:

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    Congrats Capt. Butch – well deserved. Good choice Hon. Andrew!

  13. Tafari Zharr says:

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    Congratulations..A man of the people …by the people …for all the people….

  14. RUN THINGS says:

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    well well well
    is who running things now?….CONGRATS MY FRIEND. BUT YOU WILL BE MISSED FROM YOUR DAILY CHECK IN POINT..

  15. E. Leonard says:

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    Butch, shipmate, anchors aweigh! Congratulations on your nomination as a member of BVIHSA board.

    No doubt, you will lean on your experience, team work… etc to effectively contribute to the productivity and functioning of the board to meet the health needs of the territory. Turn to my friend!

  16. Candi says:

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    Congratulations to you Butch!

    Butch is one of the most outgoing, down to earth, very enthusiastic and brilliant men in this territory. He genuinely loves the BVI and the people, he is hard working, he is fair and abides by the law, he is definitely experienced and he will no doubt be a great asset to the Board of BVIHSA. Excellent choice Hon. Fahie. Excellent choice.

  17. CONFUSED MUCH says:

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    A retired cop = Health ????????

  18. DONNA says:

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    CONGRATS BUTCH VINCENTAIN GIRL BIG UP GOOD MAN FROM THE TIME I KNEW YOU IN WEST END

  19. rofl says:

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    Butch is one of the first political appointees to have consistently demonstrated integrity, a good work ethic in his work – both in public service and privately. He will serve the interests of the country well. Congrats, Butch.

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