Gaynell Rolle out as Inland Revenue Comptroller
Acting Department of Inland Revenue (DIR) Comptroller Gaynell Rolle has been given the boot by the Minnis Administration which is set to replace her with a Free National Movement crony.
With her vast expertise, Rolle successfully steered DIR through the launch of the Special Economic Recovery Zone (SERZ) Order, which designated parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco as tax-free zones following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Rolle, who previously served as undersecretary at DIR, also spearheaded the government’s $60 million tax credit and deferral initiative designed to provide payroll support.
Despite her years of service, the Acting Comptroller was blindsided by senior government officials who gave her one week notice to pack up her belongings and hit the road. Friday will be her last day in office.
The decision also came as a shock to DIR employees, who are upset that during such a crucial time in the department, higher-ups are replacing Rolle, who they say was doing an excellent job in the position.
They questioned the timing of this move as rumors swirl about an early election.
The Gallery understands that Rolle’s replacement is a staunch FNM supporter who needs a job. The Minnis Administration is said to be scouring the public service looking for positions to fill with its political supporters in an attempt to cling to power.
However, this old strategy comes at a cost to hard-working public servants who have dedicated years to the government.