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Friday, December 1, 2023


Gov. Charles W. Turnbull named acting commissioners and agency heads late Thursday to serve "until further notice."
Turnbull spent his first full day in office meeting with senior staff members and organizing his Cabinet, according to a statement from Government House.
His interim appointments include two holdovers from the Schneider administration — Attorney General Julio A. Brady and Human Services Commissioner Sedonie Halbert.
Temporarily heading the government's key financial agencies are Ira Mills at the Office of Management and Budget, Claudette Farrington at the Internal Revenue Bureau and Bernice Turnbull at the Finance Department.
Clement "Cain" Magras was named acting head of the Tourism Department and Ira Hobson got the interim post at Housing Parks and Recreation. Both appointments reportedly will be permanent.
The Government House release did not name Turnbull's senior staff members.
The appointees are:
Julio Brady — Department of Justice
Ira Mills — Office of Management & Budget
Mario Golden — Department of Education
Harry Thompson Jr.– Department of Public Works
Ira Hobson — Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation
Franz Christian — Virgin Islands Police Department
Mark Biggs — Department of Property and Procurement
Clement "Cain" Magras — Department of Tourism
Lawrence Lewis — Department of Agriculture
Eleuteria Roberts — Department of Labor
Sedonie Halbert — Department of Human Services
Claudette Lewis — Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Louis Penn — Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Joanne Barry — Division of Personnel
Ian Williams — Fire Services
Claudette Farrington — Internal Revenue Bureau
George Golden — Virgin Islands Lottery Commission
Julian Harley — St. John Administrator
Rupert Ross — St. Croix Administrator
Louis Hill — Administrator Governor's Office
Bernice Turnbull — Department of Finance
Raymond "Bobby James — Department of Health
Many of the interim department heads have held high-level jobs in the Scheider administration, and several have been in government through several administrations.
Claudette Lewis, for instance, was assistant director of the department's historic preservation division.
Franz Christian was assistant Police commissioner in the Schneider administration, while Mario Golden was assistant commissioner of Education under Schneider.
Biggs was assistant personnel director in the Farrelly administration, according to Friday's Daily News.

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