JFJ Press Release: Transparency needed in selection of New Contractor General

Transparency needed in selection of New Contractor General

Thursday, August 2, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica – Greg Christie, the incumbent Contractor General demits office in a few months. He has been a strong figure, occupying a powerful post, in an office integral to Jamaica’s fight against corruption. The selection of a successor should be in accordance with the way Mr. Christie has conducted his duties for the past seven years, with transparency.

Transparency is one of the hallmarks of any democracy and at this point in Jamaica’s development it is not acceptable that we should awake to an unexpected announcement of a new Contractor General.

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) urges the Governor General in consultation with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to settle for no less than a transparent approach to include: the advertising of the post; detailing of qualifications and experience being sought; a process of selecting shortlisted candidates; and possibly presenting these shortlisted applicants in Parliament for review.

In his post as Contractor General, Mr. Christie has been tenacious, fearless and has displayed integrity, garnering widespread support and simultaneously, heavy criticism. JFJ expects that Mr. Christie’s chosen successor will honour the post, just as he has done.