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  08/02/2016 Justice Staff Say Their Goodbyes To Former Deputy Attorney General  

Justice staff say their goodbyes to former deputy attorney general

 ST. 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 is headed.”

Gumbs-Carty also addressed the gathering and spoke briefly about her extensive experience as a member of the legal fraternity.

“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.

  staff bid farewell to former deputy AG.pdf