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Arscott says former PNPYO head is paid $4m as a temporary employee

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 8:52 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott, says that former People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO) president, Junior Rose, is being paid just over $4 million per annum as a temporary employee in the Ministry’s Strategic Policy, Planning and Reform department.

In response to questions from the Opposition’s spokesman on Local Government, Desmond McKenzie, in the House of Representatives Tuesday, Arscott said that Rose will be paid a salary of $3.2 million per annum, plus a travelling allowance of $975,000 per annum.

However, he insisted that Rose was temporarily employed, and not appointed as the Ministry’s senior director for strategic policy, planning and reform.

“This is not a new post,” Arscott told the House. “Mr Junior Rose is temporarily employed as senior director, strategic policy, planning and reform (GMG/SEG 5) in the Strategic Policy Planning and Reform Unit within this ministry with effect from Monday, October 14, 2013.” 

Arscott said that Rose replaced Kevin Bell, who has been reassigned to the Local Government Reform Unit to perform special duties. McKenzie had questioned the appointment late last month, noting that the post was not advertised.

Arscott admitted that the post was not advertised but said that, “in keeping with the public service recruitment process”, resumes were requested from various ministries, and retrieved from Ministry of Local Government’s data bank to fill the post. Three candidates indicated their interest in the position, and Rose was considered most suitable.

Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) president, Oneil Grant, said at the time the issues was first reported last month that the institution, which represents the majority of civil servants, would ensure that the process to engage Rose was in keeping with the normal process to engage persons at that level.

He said that he understood that the post was an STG5 position in the Ministry, but that the JCSA wanted to ensure that protocols relating to the advertising of such posts and the competitive process were adhered to. However, nothing has been heard from the association on the matter since.

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