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WAPA TOP MANAGERS ASKED TO RESIGN

Meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, the governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority asked for the resignations of all top managers at WAPA during a six-month review of their performance and that of their departments.
A terse statement from board chairwoman Carol Burke indicated the action was consistent with the board's pledge to address concerns raised about WAPA's performance and the future of the utility.
"The board discussed issues relating to the management of WAPA and some of the concerns which surfaced during the recent hearings on the proposed joint venture with Southern Company," Burke said, adding that "the board is truly concerned about WAPA's ability to efficiently manage the public utility's resources."
Sources at WAPA have confirmed that the requested resignations include those of Executive Director Raymond L. George, assistant executive directors Gregory Willocks on St. Croix and Glenn Rothgeb on St. Thomas, General Counsel Cathy Smith, Public Information Officer Patricia Blake-Simmonds, Assistant to the Executive Director Edward Milligan, Internal Auditor Leslie Smith, Director of Engineering and Environmental John Christian and Human Resources Manager Glen Byron.
George is under contract through Dec. 1.
Willocks has already been offered the position of Training Officer of the Engineering Division for St. Croix.
Burke said the board has also decided to hire a management consultant to review WAPA's management structure and make suggestions to improve efficiency of the utility.

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Meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, the governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority asked for the resignations of all top managers at WAPA during a six-month review of their performance and that of their departments.
A terse statement from board chairwoman Carol Burke indicated the action was consistent with the board's pledge to address concerns raised about WAPA's performance and the future of the utility.
"The board discussed issues relating to the management of WAPA and some of the concerns which surfaced during the recent hearings on the proposed joint venture with Southern Company," Burke said, adding that "the board is truly concerned about WAPA's ability to efficiently manage the public utility's resources."
Sources at WAPA have confirmed that the requested resignations include those of Executive Director Raymond L. George, assistant executive directors Gregory Willocks on St. Croix and Glenn Rothgeb on St. Thomas, General Counsel Cathy Smith, Public Information Officer Patricia Blake-Simmonds, Assistant to the Executive Director Edward Milligan, Internal Auditor Leslie Smith, Director of Engineering and Environmental John Christian and Human Resources Manager Glen Byron.
George is under contract through Dec. 1.
Willocks has already been offered the position of Training Officer of the Engineering Division for St. Croix.
Burke said the board has also decided to hire a management consultant to review WAPA's management structure and make suggestions to improve efficiency of the utility.