St. Maarten Prime Minister reveals backlog in placing personnel

POSTED: 06/23/11 1:18 PM

St. Maarten – Roughly 1, 000 people who came into the service of the Government of St. Maarten on October 10, 2010 have not received their Ministerial Decrees confirming their appointment. The figure was revealed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who is responsible for personnel, at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing.

The vast majority of the people who have not received their decrees are former employees of the Government of the Netherlands Antilles.

“For those civil servants it’s basically just a matter of the formal process of signing the resolution,” the prime minister said.

There are also civil servants who worked for the former Island Territory of St. Maarten who still need to receive decrees because of “individual matters.”

The prime minister has also said that Secretary Generals are for the most part still Acting Generals because the ministers have not confirmed them in their role.

“That definite positioning will be different from ministry to ministry, but the fact that it has not been done does not take away the authority that these individuals have in their capacity as Secretaries General,” the prime minister said.


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