Pitkin an excellent choice as St James custos

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

A recent letter to the editor published in the Jamaica Observer suggested that the appointment of Reverend Conrad Pitkin as custos of St James was wrong. As an informed, thinking and dispassionate citizen of St James I must unreservedly state here that I disagree profoundly with that published viewpoint and put forward that Reverend Pitkin is certainly an excellent, outstanding and intrinsically appropriate choice to be formally named custos of St James. I go further to say how proud I am of that appointment by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.

Rev Pitkin has been an esteemed, highly respected and admired senior clergyman of St James spanning over 30 years and counting, and has an outstanding track making him a model within the religious field in St James and, without a doubt, his appointment as custos is commendable in every respect, and I have every confidence that Rev Pitkin will perform at a tall level befitting the high office of custos.

I am flabbergasted that anyone could have the audacity to criticise the properly constituted judicial appointment of Conrad Pitkin as custos of St James. We, as citizens, should all be extremely proud of this eminent appointment and wish him success in his appointment as custos.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Reverend Conrad Pitkin and publicly commend him on his appointment.

At the same time, I applaud the former custos of St James Ewen Corrodus, who performed exceedingly well during his tenure, and thank him immensely for his sterling public service over the period. When Jamaicans such as Ewen Corrodus have freely dedicated their extensive time to serve as custos and have done so with utmost distinction he deserves our widespread commendation.

I do look forward, as a citizen of this country concerned about the efficient, effective and professional public service, that in short order the legislation concerning the role of justices of the peace will be duly expanded and promulgated into law as promised by Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck. This expanded judicial policy is certainly overdue and we look forward to the amendment of the law governing the legal functions, duties and responsibilities of justices of the peace.

Robert Dalley

St James


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