Three months ago, in this space, we commended Contractor General Dirk Harrison for the meticulous manner in which he had been doing his job.
We stated our position in response to the impatient opinionated few in the country who raised concerns about the speed of his probe into the Spalding Market/Richard Azan affair.
Some of them went even as far as to suggest that Mr Harrison, by going about his job quietly, risked being disregarded by people intent on breaking the law.
We reiterate our position that we do not share that view because we believe that Mr Harrison's effectiveness will be realised in the fact that he is a highly skilled and meticulous prosecutor who will not rush to judgement on matters brought before him.
Add to that the fact that Mr Harrison does not have an insatiable appetite for the limelight and is more focused on having all his facts straight before making public pronouncements.
His two reports tabled in Parliament this week — one on the Spalding Market/Richard Azan investigation, and the other on his probe into the 360-megawatt project — have basically supported our argument. For in both reports we find detailed examination of the events that have informed his conclusions and recommendations.
We note that the Office of Utilities Regulation and Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell have both challenged aspects of Mr Harrison's report on the 360-megawatt project. That is par for the course.
However, we find it shocking that the OUR would ignore the recommendation of the contractor general -- a creature of the Parliament — to exclude from the process one of the bidders for the 360-megawatt power plant, because its proposal was not submitted within the time frame established by the OUR.
That blatant disregard for parliamentary authority, we believe, should not be allowed to stand, even moreso because the guilty party is a State agency.
That said, we encourage Mr Harrison to continue exercising the greatest level of diligence and fairness to all parties in the cases being investigated by his office.
His obvious commitment to the ideal of the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven will enhance the respect that his office has earned since his appointment.
As we said three months ago, Mr Harrison is obviously aware of the fact that doing his job well is more important than talking about what he has done and is doing.
In other words, he has put service above showboating. And for this, he has the unqualified support of this newspaper.
Why the rush?
We accept that the country desperately needs to reduce the cost of energy, which is a debilitating factor in the growth of industry.
After all, we have seen the departure of many businesses to other countries in the region where operational costs are much lower.
The upshot is that Jamaica is saddled with high unemployment in an environment where the economic climate is growing harsher.
However, we cannot understand why the Office of Utilities Regulation would have gone ahead and named a preferred bidder for the 360-megawatt plant without completing its due diligence on the company and its principals, as was revealed on Wednesday by Mr Ansord Hewitt, the OUR's director of regulation, policy, monitoring and enforcement.
Surely, the OUR needs to explain to the country why it rushed to this decision.