…There was no case made out against Ms. Beharry.
That was the decision handed down by a 3-member Panel that was called upon by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to inquire into allegations that Jill Beharry had leaked a government document to the opposition New National Party (NNP) which ended up on a radio talk show programme hosted by an activist of the political organisation.
The panel, headed by retired high court judge Rosalyn Wilkinson heard evidence from the Chief Executive Officer of PSC Jacinta Joseph and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alva Browne.
The panel concluded that, “There being no specific charge of misconduct set out in either Ms. Joseph’s statement of 19th April 2023, or her letter of 21st March 2023, or Mr. Browne’s report for Ms. Beharry to answer, the Committee finds that no case has been made out against Ms Beharry by the PSC.
“The Committee finds that there was a failure by the Public Service Commission to set out a charge pursuant to Public Service Commission Regulations, 1969 regulations 74 and 88(2)(a) and or the Standing Orders standing order 31 ,” it added.
In March, the current PSC was forced to take action following a complaint that the public officer used her position in the ministry to gain access to a document and then passed it on to operatives of the NNP which was voted out of office eleven months ago in general election.
In its findings, the panel raised concerns over the failure of past PSC bodies to take action against Beharry given the amount of complaints on her file in connection with her work performance.
These included the use of obscene and insulting language to another officer, inserting the name of an individual on to the official payroll of someone not employed by the Government, as well as her “habitual lateness and absence from dutv” as well as “falsifying the entries in the Attendance Register, insubordination and disrespect to Senior Administrative Officer.”
As a public service, THE NEW TODAY reproduces in full the report on the Jill Beharry matter.