Justice staff say their goodbyes
to former deputy attorney general
THOMAS, V.I. – Staff at the Department of Justice on Monday bade farewell to
former Deputy Attorney General Renee Gumbs-Carty.
Attorney General Claude Earl Walker,
assistant attorneys general and support staff gathered in the attorney
general’s conference room for a farewell luncheon held in honor of Gumbs-Carty
who has ascended to the judiciary.
In his brief remarks, Walker recounted
the years spent working with Gumbs-Carty – from when they both worked as
assistant attorneys general to attorney general and deputy attorney general –
at the department. He also used the
occasion to admonish the rest of his staff to develop a sense of responsibility
in their work and to focus on the quality of their work.
“Take pride in your work,” he said. “From the custodian to the attorneys, you
have to take pride in your work,” he said as he extolled Gumbs-Carty’s
performance on the job. “When I became attorney general in August 2015, I
decided that I wanted a strong deputy and I chose Renee… We’ve had to make some
tough decisions; some of you were not happy with our decisions, but people in
the community have said that they like the direction the Department of Justice
Gumbs-Carty also addressed the gathering
and spoke briefly about her extensive experience as a member of the legal
“I came here in 1991 and worked in the
Solicitor General’s office,” she said. “I left and worked for several years at
Property and Procurement, then I returned here because it felt like home and I worked
in the Criminal Division.”
Earlier this year, Gumbs-Carty was
nominated by Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp to serve as a Superior Court Judge in the St.
Thomas-St. John district.
In his April 20 letter addressed to Senate
President Neville E. James to announce his nomination, Mapp wrote, “Attorney
Gumbs Carty comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience having served as a
judicial law clerk and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Virgin Islands
Department of Justice… The St. Thomas-St. John district as well as the Virgin
Islands’ judiciary will benefit greatly from Attorney Gumbs Carty’s inclusion
on the bench…”
On May 26, Gumbs-Carty appeared before the
Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary to give testimony in relation to her
nomination. In her asseveration, Gumbs-Carty prided herself on being “a hard
worker, energetic, experienced and knowledgeable. I have been in the trenches.
I am a litigator; I am a trial lawyer… With my legal experience, determination,
respectful demeanor, legal knowledge, and desire to bring matters to
completion, I will be an asset to the judiciary of the Virgin Islands.”
That committee approved her nomination and
forwarded it to the full senate, which confirmed the nomination on June 2. Gumbs-Carty will sit on the bench for six
years. She replaces former V.I. Superior
Court Judge Adam Christian, whose term expired on January 23.
“See you in court,” Gumbs-Carty jokingly said
at Monday’s reception.