Georgetown, Guyana – (November 20, 2017) His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and Commissioner on the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Public Service, Ms. Sandra Valerie Jones, AA, who passed away last evening.

The Head of State recognises Ms. Jones as a patriotic Guyanese who lived a life committed to service to her country. In her distinguished career, Ms. Jones, who was born on July 15, 1946 served as an outstanding Consultant in Human Resources Management and was awarded the Golden Arrow of Achievement in 2016 in recognition of her long and effective service in the field of management consultancy.

Upon the death of Mr. Robert Williams in 2012, President Granger, who was then Leader of the Opposition, appointed her as Commissioner to GECOM, representing the interests of the Peoples’ National Congress.

In 2015, upon the establishment of the COI into the Public Service by the President, Ms. Jones was appointed as a Commissioner given her skillset and long standing experience in the field. As recent as October, she served on the Government’s negotiation team for talks between Government and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) for wages and salary increases for 2017.

His Excellency extends heartfelt sympathy to her siblings Mrs. Myrtle Jones-Carter, Mrs. Friedel Jones-Glasgow, Mr. Errol Jones, Mr. Orrin Jones, Mr. Paul Jones, Mr. Ronald Jones, Mr. Andrew Jones, her nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

May her soul rest in peace.

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