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Osbert E. Potter

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Retired Captain of 23 years of service with the Virgin Islands National Guard. Extensive background in executive management, government, and financial management. Comprehensive understanding of government operations and legislation, having served in all three branches of government.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands; January 2015 to January 2019
Lieutenant Governor

Second in command of the Administration of the Government of the Virgin Islands. Served in the capacity of Acting Governor in the absence of the Governor. By statute, was responsible for the administration of the divisions of Recorder of Deeds, Banking, Insurance & Financial Regulation, Passport Acceptance Facility, Corporations & Trademarks, Property Tax Assessment and Collections, VI State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and Cadastral. Managed the overall operations of all divisions within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor with a staff of 135. Served as Commissioner of Insurance for the Virgin Islands. Served as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Banking Board.

Virgin Islands Public Television System; March 2004 to May 2014
Chief Executive Officer

Managed the daily operations of the Virgin Islands Public Television System with staff of over 50 employees. Developed the station as a repository of all visual items of cultural and historic significance for the Virgin Islands. Presented the station’s annual budget to the Legislature of the Virgin Islands. Focused on the promoting of local programs. Adhered to the Federal guidelines governing Public Television operations.

Virgin Islands National Guard, March 1999 to July 2001; January 2002 to March 2004
Public Affairs Officer

Official spokesperson for the Virgin Islands National Guard. Chief advisor to the Adjutant General on media and public affairs issues. Advertised and promoted the Virgin Islands National guard in all media. Fostered good relations and presented a positive image on behalf of the Virgin Islands National Guard.

Virgin Islands National Guard; March 1985 to March 2008
Captain/Press Officer/Community Relations Officer 

As a part-time soldier, advised the Commander on all public affairs matters, including command information in both media and community relations.  Developed, coordinated, and supervised these activities within command.  Functioned as editor for all print articles for the Virgin Islands National Guard newsletters locally and during annual training.

Caribe Waste Technologies; July 2001 to January 2002
Public Relations Consultant

Official spokesperson for Caribe Waste Technologies (CWT); Handled all communication of CWT’s project proposal to the general public and elected officials.  Developed public relations strategy to positively promote the company’s plans via all media.  Chief advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer on all matters of public relations and communication to the Virgin Islands community.

Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs; January 1997 to December 1998
Commissioner

Chief advisor to the Governor of the Virgin Islands on consumer issues and legal licensing of businesses.  Chief consumer advocate in areas ranging from outdated food items to gasoline prices.  Supervised over sixty employees and managed a budget of over two million dollars.

Virgin Islands Legislature; January 1993 to January 1997
Senator, 20th and 21st Legislatures

Developed legislation for the Virgin Islands Government. Chairman of the Committee on Economic Development Agriculture and Consumer Protection; Member, Committees on Finance; Youth and Human Services, Government Operations; Housing, Parks and Recreation; Secretary for Intergovernmental & Territorial Affairs; Senate Representative for the Public Service Commission.

Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands; June 1986 to December 1992
Systems Analyst / Computer Programmer

Developed systems and wrote various programs for court statistics and cashier systems.  Maintained and programmed all personal computers for the Territorial Courts on St. Thomas and St. Croix.  Trained court employees on the proper use of computers.

Office of Senator James O’Bryan, Jr.; January 1985 to June 1986
Chief of Staff

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Senator’s office.  Advised the Senator on various legislative issues, and responded to constituents on the Senator’s behalf.  Supervised the Senator’s staff.

Virgin Islands Department of Health; June 1983 to December 1984
Director of Computer Operations

Responsible for all hospital computerized billing operations and supervised computer department staff.

University of the Virgin Islands; September 1978 to December 1992
Instructor

Instructed students in data processing, computer programming and micro-computer operations courses.

EDUCATION

College of the Virgin Islands; Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration – 1978 Honors graduate – cum laude

MILITARY

AG Officer Basic Course, 1985; Public Affairs Officer Advanced Course, 1988; AG Officer Advanced Course, 1998
Combined Arms & Service Staff School, 1998; Member 658th Public Affairs Detachment, 1985 – 1995

BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT

Behind the Headlines; Local Host, Politically oriented talk show on Channel 12, Public Television
Parsons, Potter & Associates; Co-Owner/Vice President; Computer Consulting Firm and Learning Center
Strictly Local Productions; Producer/Promoter, Musical shows and theatrical events

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Host, “Strictly Local” Music Show – KISS 101.3 FM
  • President, Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1974
  • Scout Leader, Cub Scout Pack 156
  • Member/Past Vice President, University of the Virgin Islands Alumni Association
  • Member, Tropical Eloquence Toastmasters Club
  • Former Member, St. Thomas Lions Club
  • Former Member, Virgin Islands Carnival Committee
  • Former Member, Virgin Islands Commission on Youth
  • Former Member, Law Enforcement Planning Commission
  • Former Member, Charlotte Amalie High School Mentorship Program
  • Past President, St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the United Way
  • Member, 40 Plus Modified Softball League, Movements Softball Team