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Gov't seeking new Customs boss, Major Reese's contract not renewed

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 11:07 PM
The contract of the incumbent Major Richard Reese expired at the end of October.

The Government has now confirmed that it is seeking a new Commissioner of Customs.

The contract of the incumbent Major Richard Reese expired at the end of October and will not be renewed.

Last month The Sunday Gleaner reported that former Contractor General Greg Christie was being eyed to take over the running of the Customs Department.

However, at that time, the Finance Minister Audley Shaw refused to indicate whether Reese would be allowed to continue.

Christie also said he was not aware of any plan to have him head Customs.

He suggested instead that if there was a vacancy, the post would first have to be advertised and the appointment made in line with Government rules.

The change of the Customs boss coincides with the desire of the Finance Minister to increase the Customs revenue by 20 to 40 per cent.

Shaw has said this is possible if a deliberate attempt is made to root out corruption at Customs.

However, Reese has said Jamaica Customs cannot guarantee a 20 to 40 per cent increase in revenues.

Since the Andrew Holness-led administration was sworn in, Greg Christie has been appointed to the boards of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, the Agro-Investment Corporation and the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Science.