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New JUTC boss takes office today

Published:Monday | August 12, 2013 | 9:33 AM

The controversial appointment of former People’s National Party executive Colin Campbell as Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) takes effect today.

Campbell has been hired on three-year contract.

The July 30 announcement of his appointment was met with sharp criticisms from civil society groups forcing JUTC chairman Dr Garnett Roper to defend the move.

Campbell was forced to resign as information minister in 2006 because of his involvement in the Trafigura Affair.

However, Roper says Campbell's experience as a state minister, was one of the deciding factors in the appointment adding that he received the highest score in the final selection round.

Roper said during Campbell’s tenure as a state minister in the transport ministry, he had direct responsibility for the JUTC and this experience gave him the advantage over the five other candidates who were shortlisted from the initial 38 applicants for the post.

The post of JUTC managing director became vacant when Rear Admiral Lewin resigned.


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