New St James custos gets thumbs up

April 10, 2018
Bishop Conrad Pitkin (centre), newly installed custos rotulorum for the parish of St James, stands on the platform with Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left) and Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis during the installation ceremony for the custos at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, on Thursday.

Bishop Conrad Pitkin was installed as custos rotulorum for the parish of St James in an official ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

A throng of dignitaries and well-wishers, led by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, were present.

In his remarks, Sir Patrick said he had every confidence that Pitkin would effectively carry out his role as a servant of the people.

He said that St James, and, by extension, Jamaica, stands to gain from his professionalism and dedication to public service.

For his part, National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for North West St James Dr Horace Chang described Pitkin as a visionary man of the cloth, a tireless advocate for the voiceless, and a true servant of his community.

"His passion is not limited to his church, however, but extends to the wider community in which he serves. Pitkin has served as board director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica, which recently received the prime minister's approval as one of our nation's most efficient and effective agencies," Dr Chang said.

Pitkin said he was humbled by the appointment.

He also paid tribute to former Custos Ewen Corrodus for "the sterling service" he gave to the parish over the past eight and a half years.

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