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Rainford sacked for bailing Carlos Hill - Attorneys mull whether to contest dismissal

Published:Friday | September 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Lawyers representing booted Permanent Secretary Robert Rainford are now reportedly going over the terms of his dismissal to determine their next move.

Rainford was dismissed as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development yesterday, six months after The Gleaner first reported that the Office of the Services Commission (OSC) was to determine his fate following a revelation that he posted bail for former Cash Plus boss Carlos Hill in 2010.

At that time, Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott told The Gleaner that the OSC had scheduled a hearing with Rainford, and based on its findings, the body would determine the permanent secretary's future.

Yesterday, Rainford confirmed his dismissal during an interview on Nationwide Radio.

According to Rainford, he faced a three-member team for his hearing some three months ago, with his legal representative present.

He said it was argued that in posting bail for Hill, he brought the public service into disrepute.


Rainford said he challenged that claim as he did nothing illegal by doing a favour for a long-time family friend.

But this defence was obviously rejected by the OSC, which recommended to the governor general that his services be terminated, four years and six months after he was first appointed as permanent secretary.

Rainford, who was the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice in 2010, posted bail for Hill in the amount of $15 million.

The Office of the Trustee in Bankruptcy, which is seeking to recover money for Cash Plus depositors, operates under the Ministry of Justice.