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Saturday, July 13, 2024


Gov. Charles W. Turnbull and his senior staff members went on a type of team-building retreat Sunday and Monday, Government House confirmed Tuesday.
"The full gambit of the key staff" met at the Elysian Beach Resort on St. Thomas, said James O'Bryan, assistant to the governor. About 20 people attended the sessions, including chief of staff Alric Simmonds; attorneys Paul Jimenez and Elmo Adams; assistants Rudolph Krigger Sr. and Juel Molloy; the St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas/Water Island administrators, Julien Harley, Rupert Ross and Louis Hill; Ohanio Harris, special assistant to the governor on St. Croix; Rina Jacobs McBrowne, Government House spokeswoman; and O'Bryan.
Commissioners were not included, but some agency heads were, O'Bryan said. Those included Ira Mills, budget director, Karen Andrews, chief negotiator, and Joanne Barry, director of Personnel.
Lt. Gov. Gerard Luz James, who was in Puerto Rico over the weekend at the National Lieutenant Governors' annual conference, attended the Monday session.
O'Bryan would not say if the meetings addressed the government's fiscal crisis or elaborate on any subjects that were discussed.
The retreat was held, he said "to discuss where we are" and to "fine-tune some things. . . we talked about our policies and programs."
In general, he indicated, the idea was for the governor's team to coalesce. Three facilitators from the National Governors' Association spearheaded the sessions. The three have considerable experience in conducting gubernatorial retreats.
"They do it all over the country," O'Bryan said.
This is the first time the Turnbull administration has held such a function, he said. He was unaware if previous administrations had tried it.
Asked about the cost of the retreat, O'Bryan said he did not know, but added that only staff who had to travel to St. Thomas stayed overnight at the hotel.

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