Alford Penn, OBE
Former Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands
Alford Everett Penn was a former Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands.
Early life and education
Alford Everett Penn was born on 14 April 1920. His father was a Local Constable and Government Agent in the East End/Long Look area, and his mother was a District Registrar of Births and Deaths in same area.
Alford Everett Penn, OBE was a British Virgin Islander politician and civil servant. Mr Penn was the first Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands, a post that he held from 1977 to 1983. From 1969 to 1977 he had served as Chief Secretary (as the predecessor office was formerly known prior to 1977).
Mr Alford Penn commenced his Public Service career in these Virgin Islands in 1938, and joined the Federal Secretariat of the Colony of the Leeward Islands in 1946. In 1956 he was transferred to the St Kitts-NevisAnguilla administration and served as a Senior Administrative Assistant to the Administrator and as Secretary to the Executive Council. Mr Penn later served as Senior Administrative Officer and as Secretary to the Cabinet in the West Indies Federation, headquartered in Trinidad. After the break-up ofthe Federation in 1962, Mr Penn moved to Jamaica as a Foreign Service officer of the United States of America. It was from Jamaica that Mr Penn was invited to fill the post of Chief Secretary, later renamed Deputy Governor, in which he retired in 1983.
The post of Chief Secretary was created in 1969 "to perform the functions of Chief Security Officer and Chief Establishment Officer both of which are becoming progressively more important as the Territory develops and the Civil Service expands." As Chief Secretary, Mr Penn was directly responsible to the Administrator for all subjects, except Finance; namely, External Affairs; Defence; Internal Security, including the Police Force; the terms and conditions of service of persons holding or acting in public offices; the Administration of the Courts - subjects which now fall to His Excellency the Governor, constitutionally, under his special responsibilities.
Penn was married to wife lnez Blanche Penn and the father of two children - David Alford Turpin Penn and Alicia Dianne Penn Butler.
Honours and awards
He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Alford Penn died on 28 April 2009, aged 89.