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CDA head goes - Gov’t refuses to renew contract

Carla Francis Edie leaves office today

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleya@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 31, 2013    

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THE Government is to announce a new head for the Child Development Agency following its decision not to renew the contract of Chief Executive Officer Carla Francis Edie, reportedly for politically motivated reasons.

Francis Edie, a social worker with some 12 years of experience, took over the reins at the CDA in June of 2010. Prior to that she had occupied the post of registrar in the Office of the Children's Registry, the nation's central repository for reports of child abuse, the first of its kind in the Caribbean from 2008.

Yesterday, Francis Edie, when contacted by the Jamaica Observer, politely declined to go into details about the development, but confirmed that today (Wednesday) is officially her last day in that office.

“Yes, it is so, I have nothing to say. I don’t want to be bombarded, honestly, I have nothing to say. Nobody will be able to get me after tomorrow,” she said.

Efforts to contact Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna, under whose ministry the CDA falls, were unfruitful as the Observer was told she was between meetings in the morning and then at the sitting of the House of Representatives.

Francis Edie, speaking with the Observer’s All Woman in 2010 following her appointment, expressed her intention to, in her role as the new CEO of the CDA, take a different approach from her predecessors.

Francis Edie replaced former CDA head Alison Anderson McLean, whose resignation came in the middle of a firestorm of criticism over the Armadale incident, which sent seven female wards of the State to a fiery death and injured 11 others in May of 2009. McLean said she quit to concentrate on family and professional development.

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