Former Clerk of the House of Assembly, Phyllis Evans, has been appointed Registrar of Interests, effective November 1.
The Registrar is tasked with documenting the financial interests and liabilities of elected members of the House of Assembly, along with serving as Clerk to the Standing Select Committee in the House of Assembly.
According to a release issued by the government, Evans brings an extensive and accomplished history in the Public Service after serving in the post of House Clerk for more than 14 years.
“I am humbled and beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue my journey as a public officer, in this role,” Evans said after being appointed. “I have committed my life to service, so it is with an enormous sense of pride and excitement that I look forward to continuing the work of the people, in this capacity.”
Acting Governor David Archer said he is extremely confident that Evans will produce the same high level of results that she has done for countless years.”
Evans holds an Associate of Arts from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Missouri Southern State University, an Executive Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
As Registrar, Evans will work to ensure the Register of Interests is accurate, accessible and continuously functioning as outlined by the Registrar of Interests Act, 2006, and the amendments of 2021.
The Register of Interests Act came in for scrutiny during the Commission of Inquiry (COI) after it was revealed that most legislators did not comply with the Act’s provisions upon entering public office.
In the meantime, Governor John Rankin has called for necessary amendments to the Register of Interests Act to be made so that it is freely and easily accessible.
He pointed out that these mechanisms will be critical in safeguarding against the abuses that the COI highlighted.
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