Glover-Rolle: More than 600 to get promotion letters

More than 600 public servants will get their promotion letters in the coming weeks, Minister of State for the Public Service Pia Glover-Rolle said yesterday.

Rolle said 278 service-wide promotions are expected to happen shortly. One hundred and forty immigration officers and 184 prison officers are also expected to get promoted soon. 

Rolle noted that the service-wide promotions were approved in June 2016. 

“For whatever reason, they have been on hold up until I think it would have been the end of August, and there started to be some movement on them,” she said outside Cabinet. 

“But of course it wasn’t completed. So that is a few hundred. 

“Then there are others that will come through other agencies.”

Asked why the public service promotions were stalled, she said, “There is no apparent reason why it was stalled. They were approved since June 2016 and some movement would have started again in trying to I guess advance them around August of this year.”

The Christie administration was in power in June 2016. 

Former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, who led the Free National Movement to victory in May 2017, called a snap election on September 16, 2021. The FNM suffered a spectacular defeat, winning only seven of the 39 seats. 

Rolle said immigration officers can expect their letters this week. 

“We are very happy to have finished that process in the large percentage,” she said of the recent review of promotions. 

“Immigration is 80 percent complete. 

“So those letters are being released within this week. 

“… We have some others that are going to be released this week but we are just waiting on the process to be complete, the letters to be taken care of. Then we will get those letters to their respective ministries.”

Shortly after assuming office, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell said the government halted all promotions approved in the public service and at public corporations in the last few weeks of the Minnis administration.

“You have to be very careful,” he said.

“For example, you can’t assume that everybody who was promoted under the last regime was an FNM supporter or hire.

“You shouldn’t because it just doesn’t add up and in a small society, everybody’s connected to everyone, so you don’t want to be inflicting harm or hurt on anything and that’s the prime minister’s main focus at the moment.”

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Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018. Education: College of The Bahamas, English

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