During its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Government Employees Retirement System board increased contribution rates for Tier II government employees.
The new rates will be implemented Feb. 5.
In November, the board voted to increase the contributions for Tier I employees effective Jan. 1. At the time, the board could not make the same increase for Tier II employees - those hired after Oct. 1, 2005 - based on the law. That law was amended by the Senate before the end of the year and allowed the board to make the same increase for Tier II employees.
ST. CROIX - Four airmen of the V.I. National Guard's 285th Civil Engineering Squadron who had been deployed in Kuwait returned home Thursday to the USVI and a joyful crowd of family and friends who met them at Rohlsen Airport.
Sr. Airman Keithlyn Bailey, Staff Sgt. Akil McFarlande, Staff Sgt. Anthony Harley and Tech. Sgt. Shawn Bartley had deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in July and were welcomed back by their commanding officer, Maj. Michael Hinrichsen.
ST. THOMAS - The Family Resource Center honored three St. Thomians who, by their passion and care for others, demonstrate the essence of a peacemaker at the nonprofit's 2015 The Peacemaker Gala on Thursday night at Prior-Jollek Hall at The Antilles School on St. Thomas.
The honorees are boxing legend Julian "The Hawk" Jackson and Judge James Carroll III and his wife, Celia Carroll.
They were recognized for their servitude and the influence they have had in leading others to having a more meaningful life and their determination to guide and develop productive individuals within and beyond the St. Thomas-St. John District.
Excerpt from the letter sent by "The Staff of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice" on department letterhead:
"We, the employees of the Department of Justice are in a state of shock after becoming aware that our new Attorney General Soraya Diase Coffelt has resigned after one week. This department after 8 years of failed leadership looked forward to embracing new leadership, and we are truly disappointed that Judge Diase Coffelt thought it best to leave us. There are many serious issues to be addressed in this department and we had faith in her abilities, but we understand that she has moral standards that she must adhere to.
ST. THOMAS - A week after her resignation - which came after only 10 days on the job - Soraya Diase Coffelt is holding a press conference today to talk about her experience and her reasons for leaving the post of V.I. Attorney General under Gov. Kenneth Mapp.
Diase Coffelt's announcement comes after days of controversy swirled around her resignation and as several staff members have also resigned or been terminated.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp sent 12 nominees names to the V.I. Legislature for confirmation on Thursday:
- Pedro Cruz - Sports, Parks and Recreation commissioner.
- Vivian Ebbesen-Fludd - Human Services commissioner.
- Milton Potter - Personnel director.
- Eugene Farrell - Fire Services director.
- Gustave James - Public Works commissioner.
- Beverly Nicholson-Doty - Tourism commissioner.
- Carlos Robles - Agriculture commissioner.