Editorial: Predicament (Should civil servants follow orders of the PM not to cooperate with the Dutch Integrity Investigation, or follow and obey orders of the Governor?)

POSTED: 10/4/13 2:13 PM

Civil servants have sworn obedience to the governor of St. Maarten and they could find themselves in a rare pickle if the government persists in its position that it will not cooperate with the integrity investigation the governor has been instructed to conduct.

There is a contradiction between the LMA – the rule book for civil servants – and the oath they take when they accept a position in the civil service.

Based on the LMA, civil servants fall under the authority of the minister that is responsible for their department. This means that they are held to follow the instructions from their minister. Now they could find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place when investigators come knocking on behalf of the governor to demand their cooperation with the integrity investigation.

This is obviously a situation civil servants did not bargain for when they took their government job. It is also for this reason urgent to find a way out of this predicament.

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  1. F. Briatore says:

    There will always be civil servants, something you can’t say about Westcot (and her mafia).
    Sivil sevants : neglect the örders of Sarah and choose for yourselves and the future of your offspring.
    ( you can always visit the disgusting Sarah in jail of course).