Still no word on Contactor-General’s replacement

Susan Goffe

With just days to go before Greg Christie demits office as Jamaica's Contractor-General after seven years in the post, concern is growing that the country has been left in the dark on the selection of  his replacement. 

As the guessing game continues as to who will get the job, at least one group is raising questions about the recruitment process.

Last week, RJR News sources said a candidate had been identified and the Governor-General was expected to make an announcement soon.

Now, human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) wants the Government to indicate the procedure that was used to identify the new Contractor-General.

JFJ is contending that this is necessary to maintain the transparency that has symbolised the office of  the Contractor General, OCG.

Susan Goffe, Chairman of JFJ, argues that much more information should have been given to the public by now.

Regarding the characteristics necessary for the job, she told RJR News the new Contractor General should, like Greg Christie, "be strong in that position and have the trust of society at large".

Earlier this year, JFJ, the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition and National Integrity Action jointly called for transparency in the process of  selecting the next Contractor General.

Among other things, the groups called for the post to be advertised locally and overseas.

Letters were also sent to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader calling for transparency in the matter.

Mr. Christie announced several months ago that he would not be seeking a renewal of  his contract as Contractor-General which expires this Friday.


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