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JAMAICA | SMA Chair Trevor Forrest 'Abused Power' and should resign says PNP

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), Trevor Forrest. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), Trevor Forrest.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 1, 2018: The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Julian Robinson has reiterated his call for the resignation of chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) Mr. Trevor Forrest on the basis of misconduct in office and abuse of power.

According to Robinson, "the revision by Mr. Forrest of the email conversation between himself and the former Managing Director, Dr. David McBean regarding the resume of Mrs Carolyn Warren, does not conform to the email thread which is now in circulation on social media and brings into question his truthfulness on the matter. 

The PNP Shadow Minister in a statement today, said based on the email thread between Mr Forrest, as chairman of the Board of Directors of the SMA ; Dr McBean, Managing Director of the Authority; Ms Hillary Alexander, the Permanent Secretary; and the office of the Services Commission, Mr Forrest’s account and interpretation of the conversation is at complete variance with his stance in the email and demonstrates his intent from the get go, to flout the due process mechanism to insert Mrs Warren. 

As the Party stated before in a previous release, Mr Forrest’s behaviour amounts to misconduct in office and abuse of power for which he should resign.

The PNP Shadow Minister of Science and Technology said the Opposition had carefully studied the email correspondence of August 29th, 2016, where Dr. David McBean wrote to the chairman, acknowledging his request and explained to him that he had consulted with agency’s internal human resource staff and the portfolio ministry and based on the advice obtained, he was not able to accommodate Mrs Warren being included among the candidates already shortlisted. 

However, as also noted, this was not enough for the chairman and by 3:40pm, on said date, Mr Forrest responded, telling the Managing Director that his request to insert Mrs Warren’s resume on the shortlist “still stands” and “please take the necessary steps to execute as requested”.

Although the matter was later escalated with the involvement of the permanent secretary, Hillary Alexander, who advised Mr Forrest that based on her experience “I have to say that your request (as stated below/copied to me) is not only outside of the regulations/standard practice but could potentially open the minister/ministry to serious questions regarding its recruitment practices.” She stated further, “It consequently would not be in the interest of the entity, or by extension, the ministry to proceed on this basis.”

Mr Robinson said even with such crystal advice, Mr Forrest insisted that his “request stands, and I expect that it will be carried out accordingly.”  This, Mr Robinson said, is a flagrant disregard for the authority of the permanent secretary and contempt of government’s due process regarding employment in the public sector and therefore Mr Forrest must be held accountable.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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