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Interim appointments pending outcome of strategic plan, explains Integrity Commission

Friday, November 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Integrity Commission has responded to questions raised about the interim appointments to four senior posts within the organisation, explaining that the move is pending the outcome of a strategic plan, which is currently being developed.

The newly formed commission has appointed Colonel Daniel Pryce as interim executive director, Dirk Harrison as interim director of corruption prosecution, Joy Powell as interim director of information and complaints and David Grey as interim director of investigation.

In a statement this morning, the commission outlined that it has sought professional advice in the development of a strategic plan, based on which it would make permanent appointments to the senior posts.

The plan will incorporate the change management processes required to “produce an integrated, vibrant organisation fit for the purposes envisaged by the legislation and capable of satisfying the vision that informed its creation,” said the commission

It further stated that “a decision was made to make appointments to the four senior posts on an interim basis during which time the full process of advertising, interviewing and selecting persons to fill the posts on a permanent basis and reflective of the structure to be developed based on the strategic plan discussed above will be pursued. The incumbents will have the opportunity of applying for the permanent positions once they are advertised”.

The commission's explanation follows questions raised by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, who took issue with the interim appointment of Colonel Pryce and urged the Government to make the appointment complete.

See full statement from the Integrity Commission below:

The Integrity Commission recently announced the appointment of Colonel Daniel Pryce as Interim Executive Director, Mr. Dirk Harrison as Interim Director of Corruption Prosecution, Ms. Joy Powell as Interim Director of Information and Complaints and Mr David Grey as Interim Director of Investigation.

The Commission notes the question raised regarding appointments having been made on an interim basis and responds.

Upon assuming office at the end of February this year, the Commissioners determined that their first priority was the need to focus on the combination of the three “Legacy Agencies” (The Integrity Commission, The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and The Office of the Contractor General). This combination has to evolve in the context of the new legislative framework outlined in the Integrity Commission Act, which presented new functions not previously expressed within the mandate of the legacy agencies, such as Corruption Prosecution.

Against this background, the Commissioners decided to seek professional advice in the development of a strategic plan, incorporating the change management processes that will be required to produce an integrated, vibrant organisation fit for the purposes envisaged by the legislation and capable of satisfying the vision that informed its creation. The plan will also consider the business processes to be adopted to undertake the functions mandated for the Commission. Hence, the Commission invited qualified firms to undertake this task and has now selected one of the firms that responded to its invitation to tender and the work has started. The Commission also secured external funding to finance this work.

In the context of the above, the Commissioners considered options for identifying and recruiting suitable candidates for these senior positions. We felt that it was best to make permanent appointments to the critical posts of Executive Director and Divisional Directors AFTER we had an opportunity to consider the recommendations emerging from the Strategic Plan, as the profile and qualifications of the persons to fill the posts on a permanent basis would obviously need to be influenced by the design of the combined organisation.

Furthermore, whereas we were satisfied that the Legacy Agencies were staffed with qualified and competent personnel, the Commissioners, in exercising their mandate to lead in a manner that demonstrates utmost transparency and efficiency, decided that these posts ought best be advertised widely in the local and possibly international press so as to ensure that the best possible candidates would be identified and selected. At the same time, the imperative of having reliable leadership in place whilst that process is undertaken was also recognized. In particular, the need to install an Executive Director who would act as the point person to oversee the organizational and administrative combination of the legacy agencies was seen as an imperative.

The Executive Director will also, as a major responsibility, work with an external firm of change management consultants who have been engaged to develop a strategic plan for the transformation.

Accordingly, a decision was made to make appointments to the four senior posts on an interim basis during which time the full process of advertising, interviewing and selecting persons to fill the posts on a permanent basis and reflective of the structure to be developed based on the strategic plan discussed above will be pursued. The incumbents will have the opportunity of applying for the permanent positions once they are advertised.

The process of making the administrative arrangements and securing the necessary approvals to give effect to all of the above has taken far longer than was contemplated, but the Commissioners are confident that we have adopted the most appropriate course in this regard and anticipate that the team that has now been installed has the necessary skills, commitment and energy to oversee the integration of the three legacy agencies and the development of a vibrant, well-resourced agency capable of carrying out its important mandate.

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