Senator excited to build on Government’s work with young people
A new senator was sworn in yesterday morning to replace disgraced ex-member of the Upper House Curtis Richardson.
A ceremony at Government House saw the Reverend Emilygail Dill fill the vacant post and also become a junior minister for National Security and Transport.
Dr Dill, who has previously worked for The Royal Gazette, was sworn in by the Governor, Rena Lalgie, and David Burt, the Premier, attended the occasion.
The new senator said: “I am certainly excited about the opportunity in particular to work with the Ministry of National Security as we work with our young people.
“I have had the opportunity to work with the Gang Reduction Team. We have enjoyed significant success with young people that were deemed at risk and I am just excited about this opportunity to continue to build on the work that we have done and contribute in other areas.”
Referring to Dr Dill, the Premier said: “She has answered a call to serve at an important time in Bermuda and I am grateful for her willingness to embark on this new facet of her already extensive public service.
“Reverend Dr Dill is a graduate of Spelman College and holds a Human Resources Director Certificate from Cornell University; a master’s degree in Leadership and Administration from the Interdenominational Theological Centre; and a doctorate in Leadership and Organisational Development from United Theological Seminary, in Dayton, Ohio.
“Her career experiences include the arts, education and ministry. Reverend Dr Dill currently serves as Assistant Pastor of Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Somerset.
“Senator Dill will also serve as Junior Minister for National Security and Transport. She brings to the Senate her considerable strengths in these areas and a genuine empathy for the needs of others.”
Ms Lalgie said: “As Governor I look forward to working with Reverend Dr Dill, and wish her success in carrying out her duties and responsibilities.“
Mr Richardson resigned from the Senate in January after it emerged he owed an elderly former landlady $19,000 in unpaid rent.
The family of the property owner, Margaret Harvey, who is in her seventies, warned the Premier about the mounting arrears in May and September 2020. Mr Burt appointed Mr Richardson to the Senate in October 2020.