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Monday, August 15, 2022


Gov. Charles W. Turnbull sent Dr. Ruby Simmonds' nomination to be education commissioner to the Senate on Monday, the same day Simmonds started in the post.
Turnbull had made the announcement Saturday at a meeting of the V.I. Democratic Party. He said he has chosen people for most Cabinet positions but won't make formal announcements until the individuals have accepted their appointments.
The only Cabinet positions that remain undecided are the Public Works and Police departments, Turnbull told the Independent.
Earlier in the week Turnbull formally nominated three Cabinet members: Iver Stridiron to be attorney general, Dr. Wilbur Callender to be health commissioner and Ira Hobson to head housing, parks and recreation.
Simmonds is a former senator and former assistant education commissioner. She left her post as head of the University of the Virgin Islands humanities division to take the Cabinet post.
A native of St. Thomas, Simmonds holds a doctor of arts degree in the humanities with a concentration in English. She has 30 years of experience in teaching, public administration and community service.

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