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Kingston Bookshop head chosen as custos

Published:Friday | January 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Steadman Fuller

Steadman Fuller, chief executive officer of Kingston Bookshop Limited, has been appointed custos rotulorum of Kingston, effective January 1.

Fuller succeeds Rev Canon Weeville Gordon, who retired December 31, 2009.

The bookseller said he would remain head of his company, at least for now, in the tradition of other custos' who tend to remain in their professions.

Custos is a lifelong appointment and the candidates for the post are generally well-established and financially independent professionals or businessmen. The office holders are generally considered the representative of the governor-general in their parish of appointment, and chief magistrate.

Fuller's bookshop chain, which began as a one-store retail operation, has now grown to a network of eight. King's House, the official home and office of Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, cited Fuller as "an avid supporter of literacy and education".

A date for his swearing in as custos is to be announced, King's House said.