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BPL COO quits abruptly

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Christina Alston has tendered her resignation effective immediately, confirmed the company yesterday.

An internal email from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Whitney Heastie on Saturday advising some employees of her leave was obtained by The Nassau Guardian.

The email said, “Until further advised, direct reports of Mrs. Alston will continue to report as they have been doing during her most recent vacation.”

Save for its confirmation of the matter, BPL said it has no further comment.

The Guardian understands Alston’s lawyer sent her resignation on Friday.

Alston, who was Bahamian roots and was recruited from the United States, was appointed to the position in October 2017.

She was touted as an award winning electrical engineer with 25 years experience in the electricity utility sector, with knowledge in the areas of transmission and distribution, planning, and biomass cogeneration.

The company continues to experience upheaval with its executive team.

In August 2018, the government appointed an entirely new BPL board after three of the former board members tendered their resignations due to reported tension on the board.

At the time, Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister said that relationships among board members had significantly deteriorated to a point where the board had locked horns on almost every critical issue at great cost to the company, necessitating new leadership.

The former board was made up of Darnell Osborne, who was the executive chairman, Nick Dean, Nicola Thompson, Patrick Rollins, Ferron Bethel and Heastie.

Bannister later claimed that he had to politically interfere with the former board after he learned BPL paid for the makeup bill and a home security system for Osborne.

Osborne, however, denied the assertion.

The ordeal dominated headlines for weeks, resulting in Osborne resigning as a finance committee member of the Free National Movement and from the party itself.

On August 22, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said the government will launch an investigation into matters that unfolded between the former board members and Bannister.

The status of that probe remains unclear.

 Osborne, Thompson and Dean are suing the government over the matter.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications
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