PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Acting attorney general Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles has been appointed the new attorney general of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Governor Peter Beckingham announced on Monday.
Beckingham informed Premier Dr Rufus Ewing and the leader of the opposition, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, on Monday morning before making the following statement:
"Rhondalee Knowles' was the outstanding candidate in an open and keenly fought selection process, which included international candidates from the Caribbean and Europe.
"I have worked closely with Rhondalee since my arrival last October, and she has always impressed me with her professional judgement, energy, and willingness to make tough decisions.
"I look forward to continuing to work with her in what is one of the key positions in TCI life.
"That the TCI is now one of a few UK Overseas Territories to have an attorney general from its own citizens is an added bonus.
"This is a good day for Rhondalee, a great example to others, and something we should all celebrate."
Braithwaite-Knowles has been acting attorney general of the TCI since October 2013.
The position was advertised in the TCI local press and internationally. Twenty-six applications were received with five candidates selected for interview.
The recruitment panel appointed by the governor was constituted as follows: Anya Williams, TCI deputy governor; Samuel Bulgin, attorney general of the Cayman Islands; Dr Beatrice Fulford, chairman Public Service Commission; Patrick Boyle, Governor’s Office; Mark Greenway, director human resources, TCI government.
Premier Ewing, on receiving word from the governor of the appointment, made the following comment, “Today is a significant day, and a historical one, for us as Turks and Caicos Islanders with Hon. Braithwaite-Knowles as the first local to be appointed to the position of Attorney General. It is our hope that this is just the beginning and that over time we can see more Turks and Caicos Islanders being appointed to critical roles both within the public and private sectors. I offer congratulations to Hon. Braithwaite-Knowles and look forward to working with her.”