PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Honorable Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has stated that as part of the integrity process for the government structure of the country, one aspect would be that all civil servants should have taken the oath when they were employed.
Civil servants who were not sworn in after October 10, 2010, have now done so during the past two weeks. They came from the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Ministry of General Affairs, Civil Registry Department, Ministry of Finance and Facility Management.
The oath taking is part of the integrity compliance within the Personnel & Organization Department. The law acknowledges that and as a result requires that all public servants upon employment, upon changing of function or when acting in another function must take an oath.
“The oath taking is part of the standards of conduct within the civil service organization of the Government of Sint Maarten. They are standards for ethical conduct that promote common values and define the behavior and performance expected of a civil servant.
“The public administration is dependent on its civil servants carrying out their function in a competent manner, integrity, impartiality, independence and discretion. It is incumbent that civil servants adhere to the highest standards of conduct when executing their work on a daily basis.
“I take this opportunity to once again congratulate all those from the various ministries and departments who have taken the oath during the past two weeks,” Prime Minister Hon. Marcel Gumbs said on Sunday.