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Buchanan removed as USF CEO

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Camille Buchanan has been removed from the State-agency.

According to a release from the USF today, Buchanan’s last day at the helm of the organisation was on Friday, August 17.

Buchanan’s contract was up for renewal at the end of October this year ONLINE OBSERVER was told by a representative of the USF who requested anonymity.

In announcing the separation, Chairman of the USF Board of Management, Robert Lawrence thanked Buchanan for her service to the organisation and wished her the best in future endeavours.

Lawrence added that the agency will continue the execution of its projects as outlined in its Strategic Plan 2018-2021, and that the financial controller of the will act as CEO in the interim until a suitable replacement is found following a recruitment exercise.

Her removal from the post comes on the heels of recent calls by the People's National Party (PNP) for her to demit office following admissions that she hired her daughter to the agency “without due regard for the standard procedure for employment in the government service.”

The PNP in a release on July 16 said that the admission came by way of the board of directors of the USF, adding that the daughter of the former Jamaica Labour Party candidate for St Catherine East Central received a salary of $80,000 per month for a position which she did not meet the qualifications.

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