British Virgin Islands

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

Sharon P. Flax-Brutus ‘immediately’ out as Tourism Director

Following decision by Board of Directors to not wait until November for resignation to take effect

Mrs Sharon P. Flax-Brutus is no longer the Director of Tourism as the Board of Directors of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) has made a decision to make her resignation effective immediately.
Mrs Flax-Brutus had announced via press release on May 15, 2020, that she was tendering her resignation to take effect in November 2020 and had promised to work with the Board over the next 6 months “to ensure a smooth transition as we work together to re-open the BVI following COVID-19.”

In a twist; however, the BVI Tourist Board announced moments ago, May 20, 2020, that today was Flax-Brutus’ last day on the job.

“The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) wishes to advise the public that as of 3:00 pm today, May 20, 2020, Mrs Sharon Flax-Brutus is no longer the Territory’s Director of Tourism.”


Resignation effective immediately!

According to the press release, Mrs Flax-Brutus submitted her resignation to the Board on Friday, May 15, 2020, and it was accepted by the Board of Directors, who also thanked her for her service to the BVITB.

“The Board of Directors made a decision today; however, that her resignation should take place immediately. The organisation’s hierarchy will take effect to ensure continuity in operations.”


Police assist in retrieving computer & cellphone

There are also reports that the computer and cellphone loaned to Mrs Flax-Brutus by the BVITB were retrieved, with assistance from the police.

"Sending the police to retrieve my phone and computer? Is this what the BVI has resorted to? I recognize you guys want to bring me to my knees but this is beyond the pale," a WhatsApp message allegedly sent by Mrs Flax-Brutus to someone read.

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Mrs Flax-Brutus to confirm whether the WhatsApp message was indeed hers; however, she did not immediately offer a reply.

Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews has since stated; however, that his officers were not involved.

"The police have played no role in recovering anything and nor would we, it is not a policing matter," Mr Matthews told Virgin Islands News Online, adding; however, that "We had a call from the Tourist Board but officers did not escort her out or retrieve any property," Mr Matthews stated.

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