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Governor Appoints Dodson James as St. Croix Administrator

April 27, 2009 — Gov. John deJongh Jr. has appointed Dodson James to take the position of St. Croix administrator.
James replaces Pedro Encarnacion, who was appointed assistant commissioner in the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation.
Both appointments took effect Monday.
In appointing James to the post of St. Croix administrator, the governor noted the remarkably broad and diverse experience that James brings to the position. He most recently served as assistant commissioner of the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation.
"Mr. James has served on many boards and commissions; has worked as a television host, broadcaster and a horse-racing analyst; has a held the position of chief researcher for the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation; managed the racetrack; and worked as a licensed professional thoroughbred trainer on the mainland," deJongh said.
James earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Miami. He is a member of the Gentlemen of Jones Civic Organization, is the elected chairman of the St. Croix District of the Democratic Party and has served as vice chairman of the St. Croix Board of Elections.
James said he is grateful for being given the new, challenging opportunity to serve the people of his beloved St. Croix.
"I know that we Crucians are not reluctant to express our opinions, but I look forward to hearing from the people of St. Croix about their concerns and our challenges in these challenging times," he said. "I know that we can, as the governor always says, do better by working together, and I am committed to do just that as we bring about an ever-improving quality of life for all of the residents of St. Croix."
Encarnacion has been St. Croix administrator since 2007, a position he came to after serving as a senator in the 26th Legislature. Before serving as an elected official, Encarnacion worked with the V.I. Fire Services for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, Encarnacion has been involved with youth sports programs and been actively interested in music, two interests that he will bring to the department that the administration hopes will soon be refocused in the proposed new Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation.
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