The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce this afternoon admitted that it called in the Police on its former Permanent Secretary, now Chief Administrative Officer Karen Vanslytman-Corbin this morning.
In a statement, the Ministry stated that Vanslytman-Corbin has been reassigned to her new position and will now work out of the Sophia Exhibition Complex. The Ministry claims that this morning she turned up at the Ministry’s main office on South Road and indicated to the Minister that she would not be accepting the appointment and reassignment.
According to a statement from the Ministry, it took that statement to mean that she would not leave the building and therefore the Ministry called in the Police to escort her from the premises.
But in an interview with reporters, Mrs. Vanslytman-Corbin said she was told of her reassignment on Friday and visited her old office this morning to clear it of her personal effects. She said the locks to the office were changed and her attempts to see the Minister were not allowed.
She said she could not understand why the Police was contacted since there was no bad behaviour on her part.
In a letter dated October 8, the former Permanent Secretary was informed of her new position and her new office. Additionally, she was told that her salary and benefits will remain the same.
The Government last week announced a number of new Permanent Secretaries for eight Government Ministries. While some Permanent Secretaries have been reassigned, others being replaced were not told of any new role.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government has been sent on his leave and is likely to remain on leave until his contract ends.
The appointments were all made by the Office of the President and did not go through the Public Service Commission.