Director of civil aviation resigns from Jersey post

THE Channel Islands’ director of civil aviation has resigned from his Jersey post after the States of Guernsey recently voted to remove him for ‘gross incompetence’.

Dominic Lazarus, Civil Aviation Director. (29724088)
Dominic Lazarus, Civil Aviation Director. (29724088)

It has been confirmed that Dominic Lazarus – who had held the role since 2018 – quit his position with immediate effect and that External Relations Minister Ian Gorst had accepted his resignation on behalf of the Island.

Following an investigation by Guernsey’s Economic Development Committee, Mr Lazarus was accused of failing to manage conflicts of interests between the two islands, as well as making numerous errors and breaches of regulations.

This led to the States of Guernsey voting to remove him, after which the States of Jersey said they were ‘considering the implications for Jersey and what action the government may need to take as a result’.

The deputy director of civil aviation for Jersey, Inez Bartolo, will now be appointed acting DCA for the Island in the interim.

‘Jersey remains committed to having a joint Channel Islands’ office of the director of civil aviation, and will work with Guernsey colleagues over the next few months to progress this,’ said a spokesperson for the DCA’s department.

Senator Gorst said: ‘I am pleased to announce that I will shortly be appointing Inez Bartolo as acting director of civil aviation.

‘We will be looking to recruit a DCA on a more permanent basis in the coming months. However, as an experienced aviation regulator, former Jersey Airport director, and most recently deputy DCA for Jersey, Inez is well qualified to manage the office of the DCA during this interim period.’

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