Career civil servant Leslie Millin Sr., son of ex-Lt. Gov. Henry Millin, dies at 70


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ST. THOMAS - Leslie A. Millin Sr., who helped to evolve the territorial government during the oversight of four governors, including the first, died in Florida on Friday.

Millin, 70, came from a family deeply involved in the territorial government, one that continues to be deeply involved today.

Millin was the grandson of former Sen. Lucinda Millin, the first female senator in the Virgin Islands.

He also was the son of former Lt. Gov. Henry Millin, the father of Property and Procurement Commissioner Lynn Millin-Maduro and the brother of St. Thomas-St. John District Sen. Janette Millin Young.

"We mourn the passing of a career civil servant, community activist and committed Virgin Islander," Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone said Monday in a prepared statement.

Millin passed away after a period of illness, Malone said.

As a young man, Millin followed in his grandmother's footsteps and delved into government relations, initially starting his career with the territory's first elected governor, Melvin Evans.

He then continued on to serve Governors Cyril King, Juan Luis and Roy Schneider.

He served in a variety of roles, first as the director of Personnel, during which time he established a voluntary health insurance plan, according to Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen.

"Mr. Millin will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to civil service here in the Virgin Islands and his commitment to improving the quality of life, not just for government employees, but for all Virgin Islanders," Christensen said in a prepared statement.

While in his role as the Personnel director for the territory, he simultaneously acted as the administrator of the Government Employees Retirement System. Millin was instrumental in establishing GERS, according to Gov. John deJongh Jr.

Millin also served as the director of Human Resources, and also as the comptroller for the V.I. Public Works Department.

"Mr. Millin dedicated his life to public service and made significant contributions to the development of the government of the Virgin Islands. He will be remembered as a man with an incredible sense of humor, a brilliant mind and one who was not shy to offer his opinion," deJongh said in a prepared statement Monday.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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