Revelation of the new appointment came on Wednesday 2nd January, 2013, during the inauguration of the new Governor General for the country, Sir Edmund Lawrence. The news was broken by the appointee himself, Mr. Elvis Newton, who disclosed that it was not until the night before, Tuesday 1st January, that he was informed that he had been elevated to the new position of Chief Secretary, to lead the public service.
Newton, who is also the current Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, said though he had previously heard some talk about the possibility of the appointment, he has not been one to listen to talk, and preferred to await formal notification. He said however that he was honoured to have been bestowed with such an appointment and thanked the government for the opportunity.
Newton assured those in the audience, assembled at Government House that he intends to try as best as possible to work with others to ensure that they really achieve true public service modernization.
He said that this is necessary to make the public service more responsive and responsible to the needs of the public who they serve. The new Chief Secretary admitted that many people seem to think that the public service is not necessarily in tuned with the demands of the public. “I want to pledge publicly that I will work with everyone to ensure that we make meaningful, substantial and significant changes in the public service,” promised Newton.
The man who Newton has replaced, Joseph Edmeade, will however continue in government as the Cabinet Secretary.