Division of Personnel Director Kenneth Hermon thinks it’s so important for St. John residents to fill V.I. government positions on St. John, he took time out of his busy schedule to answer residents’ questions and help them apply for jobs on Wednesday, March 5.
For the past several months, Division of Personnel representatives have been at St. John Administrator Leona Smith’s office the first Wednesday of each month to address residents’ concerns and help them apply for government jobs.
Hermon met with a slew of St. John residents last Wednesday who kept him busy all morning long.
“We are here to better serve the St. John community,” said Hermon. “We’re helping them with employment searches for the Government of the Virgin Islands. We used to be here once a quarter, but at the urging of the administrator, we’re now coming once a month.”
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Personnel representatives also deal with government workers’ health insurance issues during their monthly visit to the administrator’s office, Hermon added. The new Division of Personnel director was pleased with the turnout at last week’s visit, he explained.
“As the new director, I figured it’s about time I show my face on St. John, and we’ve had a really good turnout,” said Hermon. “I think we are on the right track.”
Residents can view government vacancies at www.dopusvi.org. There are currently three positions available on St. John — inspector with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, environmental specialist with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and revenue officer trainee with the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Residents should view the vacancies online and come to the Division of Personnel’s monthly session with a completed application, proof of education, proof of citizenship and a government-issued photo ID.
“We are trying to fill these jobs with St. John residents,” said Hermon. “It’s so much easier to not have to worry about reimbursement for travel and employees being on time. We just want qualified individuals doing the jobs that need to be done.”
The Division of Personnel is trying to extend as many services to Love City residents as possible, including specialized testing for positions within the V.I. Police Department, V.I. Fire Department and the Department of Corrections, according to Hermon.
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“You have an alternate outlet to come in and apply without the headache of dealing with the ferry and taxis,” he said. “We are here, and will continue to be here as long as the good administrator allows.”
Residents should check the Division of Personnel’s Web site often, as it is updated weekly with new positions. Those interested in applying for jobs with the V.I. government will soon be able to do so online.
St. John Administrator Leona Smith hopes St. John residents continue to take advantage of the services provided by the Division of Personnel, she explained.
“It’s better for St. John jobs to be filled by St. John residents because there’s less burden on the government because of the cost of transportation,” said Smith. “The employees are then more accessible, because if something happens here after 5 p.m., who will come from St. Thomas to take care of it?”
“We encourage the young folks to come and apply for these jobs,” Smith continued. “There are jobs out there. It’s very good to see the head honcho here making sure St. John residents fill these jobs.”
Division of Personnel representatives are at the St. John Administrator’s office at the Battery the first Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.