Government leaders have expressed condolences to the family and colleagues of Registrar General of the Civil Registry and Passport Office, Stephanie Benn who died this week.
Governor John Rankin
said he was saddened to learn of Benn’s passing and highlighted that she was a well-respected civil servant.
“She was also highly regarded by her counterparts in the other overseas territories and the Home Office in the United Kingdom for her work on nationality and other Civil Registry matters. On behalf of all staff in the Governor’s Office, I offer condolences to her family on their loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time,” Governor Rankin said.
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley remembered Benn as one who was committed to what she believed in and was a key driver of innovation.
“In other words, as she saw trends in her field, for example, automation services, she did not hesitate to introduce this to her department to provide quicker and more professional services for the people of the Virgin Islands
. I appreciated her service, and we will all miss her,” Premier Wheatley said.
Deputy Governor, David Archer said Benn was a fine, devoted, exceptional public officer and department head who left an indelible mark over the 15 years she served.
“I express my deepest sympathies to her work family, especially those within her department whom she worked with daily and shared her pain, joy and successes as they strive to improve the services the Office delivered,” the Deputy Governor said.
The government said the Civil Registry and Passport Office is currently closed and will officially resume operations on Thursday, October 27, 2022.
In the interim, the public is advised to contact the Public Service Customer Service Care Centre at 468-3701 or email the Civil Registry and Passport Office.