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  • Special Investigator with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Gifton Palmer, tells JIS News that he delights in completing a challenging task.
  • For Judith Cheese-Morris, Deputy Chief Personnel Officer at the Office of the Services Commissions, it is a wonderful feeling to be recognized after so many years of hard work.
  • 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, Miss Enthrose Campbell says she will be using the position to highlight the positive image of civil servants.

Several of the 253 civil servants who were recognized on November 20 for their role in national development, at the 2013 Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards ceremony at King’s House, have expressed delight and commitment to serve in their occupation.

Special Investigator with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Gifton Palmer, tells JIS News that he delights in completing a challenging task.

“I am deeply honoured to know that I am serving, and I am being recognized this day. It is a good feeling. It is a challenging job, but it can be exciting at times to discover the unknown, when you go out there and develop a case, and you bring it to maturity and finalization,” he says.

The 26-year veteran said persons entering the area that he is in, should know that they are serving their country, and for them to be rewarded, they should avoid corruption and bribery. “You must live up to your integrity. That’s the key, your integrity,” he emphasizes.

For Judith Cheese-Morris, Deputy Chief Personnel Officer at the Office of the Services Commissions, it is a wonderful feeling to be recognized after so many years of hard work. “My joy on the job comes when others are helped,” she tells JIS News.

“The fact of helping other people, knowing that somebody is happy and at the end of the day, that person can go to bed and rest a little bit easier, because of your input, feels great.  It is about the people that you have pledged to serve, and as long as you commit yourself to the Lord, and ask Him for guidance, He will give you the right attitude and the right frame of mind to do your job every day,” she says.

Meanwhile, the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, Miss Enthrose Campbell, who is also Director of Production at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), says she will be using the position, through a project that she is putting together, to highlight the positive image of civil servants.

The 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, Miss Enthrose Campbell (centre), who is also Director of Production at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), is flanked by Minister with Responsibility for the Public Sector, Hon. Horace Dalley (right), and Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders (right), at the 2013 Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards ceremony, held at King’s House in Kingston, on November 20.

“I would like people to see them in a more positive light, because they do a good job, and I would like to change the image of the public sector. The JIS has a positive image, people see us as professionals, we are professionals, and I would like that to be seen throughout the public sector. It can be done,” she adds.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, lauds the awardees.

“When we joined the service, as civil servants, we took an oath to be in service of our fellow citizens, and it is something that we must hold to, and what we have done here is a demonstration of that. We want to encourage them (civil servants) to keep holding their faith, and the JCSA will continue to work hard on their behalf,” he tells JIS News.