Mapp Appoints Hilarie Baker Acting Budget Director for Remaining Weeks of Term

Outgoing Budget Director Julio Rhymer (File photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)
Outgoing Budget Director Julio Rhymer (File photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Gov. Kenneth Mapp has appointed Hilarie Baker acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, effective Dec. 17.

Baker is a long-time OMB official who has served in top positions, including associate director, for more than a decade. She replaces Julio Rhymer, who resigned from the position earlier this month. Rhymer served less than a year in a post. He came to

OMB early this year from WAPA, where he had been chief executive officer for a little over a year Before that, he was CFO at WAPA for a number of years.

His departure from WAPA generated controversy due to an unexplained $90,000 payout from WAPA. When senators grilled WAPA board members about the payment in January 2018, they said the reasons were confidential.

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“The board decided to move in a different direction. And so it was an agreed-to separation. It was not a termination for cause. Both parties agreed to separate,” WAPA Board Chairwoman Elizabeth Armstrong said at the time.

A number of Mapp’s commissioners have resigned with only weeks remaining in his term. Along with Rhymer, Attorney General Claude Walker and Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty have resigned in recent weeks.

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