A local might succeed United Kingdom native Kim Hollis as the territory’s next Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
This is according to reports to the House of Assembly from Opposition legislator, Julian Fraser.
“I had that conversation with the DPP about succession planning, and she felt that, at the end of her contract, her Principal Crown Counsel should be her successor,” Fraser said.
The post of Principal Crown Counsel is held by Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit, a local.
He said further that the DPP also requested a Senior Financial Prosecutor to join the Office of the DPP.
“I applaud her for that. That’s growing our people,” Fraser said. “Everybody who comes into this territory has a responsibility not just to be here, work, make money, and have a good time. You have a responsibility to grow us as well. You have to look back and say I did that and I am proud of myself for doing that, and the people will be proud of you too.”
He continued: “We have two choices, we can either send our people abroad to grow, or we can have people come here to grow them. Whichever way we do it, it should work. And it is the responsibility of the sitting government at the time to make it part of your remit.”
The post of DPP, like many other top government jobs in the BVI, has been largely held by expatriates.
Some of Hollis’ predecessors include Trinidadian national Wayne Rajbansie, Guyanese native Elizabeth Hinds as well as Jamaican Terrence Williams.
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