Raphael Stephens takes charge

Grenada has a new Comptroller of Inland Revenue.

He is Raphael Stephens, a former Head of the Valuation Division Unit in the Ministry of Finance.

Informed sources told THE NEW TODAY that Stephens has taken over from Pauline Peters who was appointed to the post during the reign of the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

Peters has reportedly taken two years no-pay leave from the Public Service Commission (PSC) to take up an assignment in The Bahamas.

Close aides have confided in this newspaper that Peters is not inclined to return to the service at the end of her stint and intends to look at other options.

A government source said that Peters took holiday leave a few weeks ago in order to finalise her preparation to leave the island.

With the February 19 victory at the polls of the New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, there were reports that some supporters of the ruling party were not comfortable with her remaining in the top position.

A government insider told this newspaper that Peters was not trusted because of a close relationship with a former top official of the Congress government of defeated Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas

The New Comptroller of Inland Revenue returned to the island a few months ago after a stint in Africa on a contract funded by an international institution.

Stephens is considered in local political circles to be a strong supporter of the Mitchell-led administration.

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