Oct. 23, 2003 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull announced on Thursday that he has named Darlene Carty acting Health commissioner.
Carty, who in 1997-2000 was project director of the Health Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, temporarily replaces Dr. Mavis Matthew, whose resignation was accepted by the governor effective Oct. 5. (See "Matthew is no longer Health commissioner".)
The Government House confirmation on Oct. 6 of the acceptance of Matthews' resignation stated that the governor had named Phyllis Wallace, deputy Health commissioner for administrative services and management, acting commissioner "until further notice." Thursday's announcement of Carty now being given that designation made no mention of Wallace.
The was speculation at the time of Matthews' resignation that Carty would get the governor's nod to succeed Matthews permanently. Thursday's release did not indicate how soon Turnbull expects to submit his nomination for commissioner to the Legislature.
For the most part, the permanent occupants of the post have been medical doctors — in recent years Matthews; her predecessor, Dr. Wilbur Callender; Dr. Alfred Heath and Dr. Roy L Schneider. However, a medical degree is not required for the position. Wallace has a Ph.D. and Carty holds a master's degree.
According to a five-page resume distributed by Government House on Thursday, Carty has a master's degree in education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an undergraduate degree is in radiation therapy from Howard University. It states that she is a January 2004 candidate in the graduate certificate program in public health at Johns Hopkins University.
She worked as a radiation technologist at Duke University Medical Center from 1990 to 1993 and was a financial accounts manager in the Thomas-St. John Hospital Facilities business office in 1994-95. From 1995 through 1998, she was executive director of the V.I. Health Department's Charlotte Kimelman Comprehensive Cancer Care Center Project.
For the last three years she has been technical training manager for Northrop Grumman IT Health Solutions and Services in the Washington, D.C., area.
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