The man regarded as Government’s Chief Tax Collector, Corland Forrester has quit the position of Comptroller of Inland Revenue Division (IRD) within the Ministry of Finance.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mike Sylvester confirmed to THE NEW TODAY that Forrester, a Certified Public Accountant has resigned after serving in that capacity for approximately one year.
According to Sylvester, the top IRD official handed in his letter of resignation to the Ministry of Finance earlier this month.
“He would have submitted to us a resignation letter effective August 9 thereabout, in keeping with his contract”, he said.
“Later in conversation with him, he indicated that he had to go out to Washington to deal with some personal matters”, he added.
Forrester’s sudden resignation comes months before Grenada is due to end its three year Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) with supervision from the Washington-based International monetary Fund (IMF).
He landed agovernment contract after the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) administration decided to transfer the holder of the post, Dr. Raphael Stephens to head the Grenada Postal Corporation (GPC).
The IRD, under Forrester’s leadership, had to play a key role in meeting government’s financial targets in keeping with certain benchmark figures set by the IMF.
Sylvester said recommendation has been made to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to appoint a successor to Forrester.
“In fact, we did an evaluation here and of course made recommendations to the Public Service Commission and we await their decision on that particular issue”, he said.
Forrester joined the IRD Staff on August 24, 2015 after living in the United States for several years.
A government statement issued at the time said that the new Comptroller of Inland Revenue was “bringing with him years of experience and knowledge from the private sector in the United States of America, where he operated his own consultancy firm and provided consultancy services at the Federal and State levels”.
THE NEW TODAY understands the former IRD boss along with PS Sylvester held a meeting with the staff early last week to inform them of his departure from the post.
There are currently two deputies at the IRD, Ophelia Wells-Cornwall and Michael Stephen.
Acting PS Sylvester affirmed that at the moment the IRD staff is reporting to him until feedback is received from the PSC on the way forward.
“So once we get that feedback we would of course make a public announcement on the issue and on the way forward”, he said.