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Governor-General Swears in Mr. Hugh Faulkner as The New Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years. Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility. Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and...

GG Suspends Use of GCMG Insignia

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image.  This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the  image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color. Additionally, The Governor-General  has asked his  Office to initiate an immediate review of  all insignias and...

The Governor-General’s Insignia of The Order of St. Michael and St. George

The Office of The Governor-General wishes to acknowledge and address the attention being brought to the Governor-General’s Star of The Order of St. Michael and St. George.   Named in honour of two military saints, it dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta. Initially intended for its inhabitants and British citizens, today the order is given to diplomats, foreign service officers, men and women who hold high office and...

Governor-General Swears in Mr. Leslie Campbell as Minister without Portfolio

In a ceremony held on June 22nd at King’s House, His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Leslie Campbell, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine North Eastern as Minister without Portfolio.   Mr. Campbell’s appointment illustrates his continued willingness and commitment to contribute to the realization of the policy and programme objectives of the Government. His appointment follows that of former Minister without Portfolio The Honorable Lester Michael Henry, who succeeded the late Minister of Labour...

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Dr Neville Gallimore

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret at the passing of Dr Neville Gallimore, CD, JP, and former Member of Parliament for South West St. Ann. “His passing marks the end of an era,” The Governor-General said, describing Dr Gallimore as a “patriot who passionately loved his country.”  While serving in Government, Dr Gallimore was known for his slogan "God first, Jamaica second, and my party third." The Governor-General noted that Dr. Gallimore, 81, had the distinction of becoming the...