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GESC Health Insurance Board - 2015 Elections for Employee & Retiree Representatives - Results

Milton E. Potter, SHRM-SCP, MS, IPMA-CP, the Director Designee of the Division of Personnel, is pleased to announce the winners of the recent elections for Employee and Retiree representatives on the Government Employees Services Commission (GESC) Group Health Insurance Board.

Employee Representative - St. Thomas/St. John
Dr. Gilbert K. Comissiong, Jr. - Winner
Employee Representative - St. Croix
Beverly Joseph (Incumbent) - Winner
Retiree Reprsentative - St. Thomas/St. John
Lori Anderson (Incumbent) - Unopposed
Retiree Reprsentative - St. Croix
Adelbert M. Bryan (Incumbent) - Unopposed

Director Potter wishes to thank the employees and retirees who exercised their democratic right by voting in the election.  Once again, congratulations to all the winners and a heartfelt thank you to all the candidates for their partcipation in the process. 

PLEASE NOTE: The following results are based on the number of individuals who logged/called in and voted in the respective election; they do not reflect the number of individuals who logged/called in but abstained from voting.

St. Thomas/St. John   St. Croix
Dr. Gilbert K. Comissiong, Jr.

Schneider Regional
Medical Center
559 votes (58%)


Beverly Joseph
Office of the Lt. Governor

136 votes (80%)
Stella M. Saunders

VI Waste Management Authority
38 votes (4%)
Gonzalo Rivera

Department of Human Services
34 votes (20%)
Cheryl L. Comissiong-George

Department of Labor
39 votes (4%)
Andre' T. Dorsey

VI Fire Services
88 votes (9%)

Rick S S Grant

Department of Human Services
236 votes (25%)



St. Thomas/St. John   St. Croix

Lori Anderson


92 votes (100%)


Adelbert M. Bryan

29 votes (100%)


Important Update on HRA Penalty for Fiscal Year 2015

The GESC Health Insurance Board unanimously voted to delay the implementation of the HRA penalty for Fiscal Year 2015 for the retirees and to discontinue the collection of the penalty for the active employees currently being penalized.  The GESC Health Insurance Board is urging all members to take full advantage of wellness benefits offered under the Cigna plan in order to avoid being charged in fiscal year 2016. Chairperson Moses stated “The GESC Board of Trustees trust that, when all government employees and retirees under 65, take the Health Risk Assessment, and follow the recommendations of a coach based on the outcome of their Health Risk Assessment with lab markers, behavior will be changed, health improved and insurance claims remain steady or decrease – allowing for a more affordable Medical Plan for the Government of the Virgin Islands.”

The Division of Personnel is advising all active employees and all retirees under the age of 65 (who are the primary plan member and maintain health insurance coverage under the Executive Branch’s Group Health Insurance Plan, including those employees/retirees at non-profit organizations), that the Government Employees Service Commission (GESC) Health Insurance Board (as the sponsor of the Insurance Plan’s Wellness Program) has established a new rule which requires those members to fully complete their annual Health Risk Assessment (HRA) on CIGNA’s website,

The HRA must be fully completed to include actual biometric numbers for glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The deadline to complete the HRA for the Fiscal Year 2015 cycle is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (Ex. October 01, 2014 through September 30, 2015) Those employees and retirees who fail to complete the HRA by the established deadline will be subjected to a biweekly insurance charge of $ 20.83 in Fiscal Year 2016 in addition to their regular health insurance premium. (Please note this requirement is only for the Active employees and Retirees under the age of 65 who are currently covered by CIGNA and not their dependents.)

The Board has authorized the Government’s Wellness Committee under the Division of Personnel to offer various opportunities throughout the year where members can gain access to Medical Professionals and Fitness Professionals. Director Potter stated, “While these opportunities are great, it’s more important for the members to establish relationships with a primary care provider or one of the federal qualified clinics, East End Medical Center or Fredericksted Health Care, Inc. and the Department of Health, so that they can monitor and manage their overall health.” The Board has also partnered with Cigna to provide a full time Health Coach at Cigna office locations who can also assist members with obtaining their biometric data and receive coaching on how to manage various health conditions.

Active employees can obtain more information from their respective Departmental HR Officers. The under 65 retirees seeking clarification are asked to contact the Division of Personnel in their respective district at 340-714-8588 (STT) or 340-718-8588 (STX).  More information can also be obtained from the Division’s website,


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as of 7/1/2014
Jul-07 Oct-08 Mar-09 Jun-10 Apr-11 Jun-12 Jun-13 Jun-14
# of Emps # of Emps # of Emps # of Emps # of Emps # of Emps # of Emps # of Emps
Classified 5994 5888 5771 6415 6339 5767 5374 5271
Exempt 1104 1162 1156 1353 1232 1011 966 918
Temporary 1369 1314 1370 158 249 75 81 102
Part-Time 350 270 296 372 240 211 244 175
Per-Diem 31 8 8 137 172 81 212 108
TOTAL 8845 8642 8601 8435 8232 7145 6877 6574

Are you exploring earning a high school diploma or college degree from an online university? If so, please explore the following websites to determine if the Division of Personnel will accept you education credentials. Any degree/diploma earned from any school listed on either of these sites will be accepted by the Division.

Council for Higher Education
Distance Education Training Council
Official notice to Continental re Fast Track Program

Our partnership with the USDA Graduate School continues to provide the employees of the government with training in all facets of its operations.

Contact the employee development staff at 340-774-8588.

2011 Employee Development Schedule
Employee Development course outline

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A Celebration

Each and every day, public servants face unique challenges in the workplace. While the need for vital government services continues to grow, we increasingly ask our public servants to do more with less. Public Servants perform a myriad of tasks that we may all take for granted every day. They provide essential services and benefits including disease prevention, health care, public safety and security, securing our waters, providing education care and so much more.


Public Service Recognition Week is an appropriate time for us to applaud their efforts and to reflect on the value of public service, and give our civil servants the praise that so many richly deserve, but so seldom receive. They deserve our support and appreciation. With sincere gratitude for their important contributions and sacrifice, for putting service before self, we take this week to say THANK YOU.


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