Sylvester heads PSC

Derick Sylvester – to oversee the functioning of the Public Service

Derick Sylvester – to oversee the functioning of the Public Service

Local Attorney-at-law, Derick Sylvester has been appointed to head the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Grenada.

Sylvester who is the main Attorney of the Law Firm of Derick Sylvester and Associates on Lucas Street, St. George’s replaces Gloria Payne-Banfield whose term in the chair has come to an end.

The barrister will be in charge of a five-member Commission whose members received their instruments of appointment last week Friday from Governor General, Dr. Cecile La Grenade, a former PSC Head herself.

The recommendation of Sylvester to the top position did not come as a surprise.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell had identified the lawyer as one of two persons who were short listed by the New National Party (NNP) to be considered for the post of Attorney General following its 15-0 victory at the polls in February.

The job was eventually given to another attorney-at-law, Cajeton Hood allegedly on account of his working knowledge of the civil service given his background as a Permanent Secretary as a civil servant.

According to NNP insiders, Sylvester is also being considered by the Mitchell-led government as one of the attorneys to be involved as an agent in the sale of passports scheme known as the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) programme.

Apart from Sylvester, the other persons who will sit on the PSC are former school principal Prescott Swan, a political activist of the NNP, as well as Trade Unionist Madonna Harford, Delano Viechweg, and former Educator, Hudson McPhail.

One of the main responsibilities of the PSC is to approve the appointments of persons to be hired in the public sector.

Sylvester who has been an Attorney for the past 12 years made several appearances over the years before the Appeal’s Board of the PSC to challenge the dismissal of workers.

He was called to the bar on October 19, 2001.


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