Central Planning Authority chairman Al Thompson told the Public Accounts Committee the board needs representation from the construction industry.
Under questioning from PAC members Ezzard Miller, Roy McTaggart, and Winston Connolly Wednesday morning (10 March), Mr. Thompson admitted only four of eleven CPA board members make their livings in industries outside of construction.
Mr. Thompson defended the board’s makeup, saying a background in construction and development is helpful in making planning decisions.
“Are you suggesting that the work permit board can’t have members that are employers?” quipped Mr. Thompson. “I’m just throwing it out there. I don’t know how many people who are on the medical board who aren’t doctors. I think it’s very appropriate to have the cross section of people we do have.”
Mr. Thompson reminded PAC members he wasn’t appointed to the board because he owns one of the island’s largest hardware stores, he said it was because of his experience as an architect.