Grenada has a new head in the Office of Ombudsman located at the Public Workers Union (PWU) building on the Port Highway in St. George’s.
An official at the office confirmed to THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Monday that Allison Miller who held the rank of Permanent Secretary has taken up the job with effect from August 1, 2017.
Miller is replacing the late Nadica Mc Intyre, a former Cabinet Secretary who died in May after a battle against cancer.
After Mc Intyre’s death, civil servant Ronnie Marryshow was placed in the post in an acting capacity.
The Ombudsman is an independent officer of Parliament with responsibility to investigate the actions of public authorities including State Government departments, prisons, hospitals, schools among others.
The appointment of Miller has come as a surprise given the treatment she received from the incoming New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell following the 2013 general election.
Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the proponents of the so-called “Project Grenada” initiative might have influenced the Mitchell-led NNP regime to appoint Miller to the post.
The main players in “Project Grenada” are former revolutionaries, attorney-at-law, Sen. Peter David and veteran trade union leader, Sen. Chester Humphrey.
David, a former General Secretary of the main opposition Congress party, was recently appointed as NNP Caretaker for the Town of St. George constituency while Sen. Humphrey has been given the prestigious position of President of the Senate to become third highest office holder in the island.
Miller was appointed to the rank of Permanent Secretary during the 2008-13 rule of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of then Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.
Prime Minster Mitchell had criticised some of the appointments and referred to them as among the worst in the history of the public service.
Miller was given permission to take up duties as Executive Secretary of PWU.
Speculation is rife that she encountered problems with the newly elected President of the union, Rachael Roberts and the two reportedly parted ways with a certain degree of bitterness.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Miller is due to retire from the public service in October on attaining the retirement age.
The 2017 budget makes provisions for a salary of EC$6000.00 a month for the Ombudsman plus EC$7200.00 a year in transportation allowances and a further EC$1200.00 a year in free telephone service.