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Farewell Greg Christie ... I will not 'fade into oblivion'

Published:Friday | November 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Greg Christie

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

AS HE spent his penultimate day sifting through files and responding to media queries for exit interviews, Greg Christie, who departs today from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), said he wanted to leave without fanfare.

When asked if he would accept an exit interview with The Gleaner, Christie said: "I am inclined to go quietly."

Quizzed about how he will spend his final day, the OCG boss said: "Working. I have been working all week."

Without giving away much, Christie assured that he would not "fade into oblivion" but noted that he had a lot more to contribute either locally or in another jurisdiction.

Christie's name and his work might have been penned by journalists more often than any other public servant in recent times.

ruffled feathers

During his seven-year tenure as contractor general, Christie ruffled the proverbial feathers of some public servants and has been taken to task by many of his detractors who claim he was overzealous in his approach to divulging information to the media.

However, Christie has received support from large sections of the public and a number of civil-society groups for his no-nonsense, hard-hitting style in the fight against corruption.

Today, the outgoing contractor general will be putting the finishing touches on his final tasks as he prepares to put the reins of the oversight body into his successor's hands.

no successor yet

That successor has not yet been named by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.

Checks yesterday with King's House, the official residence of the governor general, turned up no information on who will take the baton from Christie.

The contractor general had said he did not wish to accept an extension to his contract.

In a moment of humour, he said members of the public sought information on a range of issues from his office.

In fact, Christie noted that sometime ago a member of the public submitted a request to his office seeking details on how to exhume a body.