Board ends relationship with embattled CEO
Five days after his grand theft conviction in the United States was made public, Jefferson Miller has been sacked from the position of chief executive officer of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA).
Informed sources have told Barbados TODAY the decision was taken at last night’s eight-hour meeting of the Joel Garner-led, 14-member BCA Board. The marathon session, which started at 5:30 p.m. and concluded around 1 a.m., reportedly got a bit stormy at times, but was mostly marked by “full and frank” discussion on the matter that was made public by this newspaper in an exposé that came less than four months after Miller assumed the island’s top cricket administrative position.
In that story, Miller, who is currently bonded to a Miami court and is on probation for the next 12 years inclusive of a two-year supervised community service order, also admitted to concealing his conviction from his Barbados employers.
When contacted today, BCA president Joel Garner said he had no comment to make to Barbados TODAY on the issue. However, he was scheduled to release a statement on the matter, in keeping with the directive of the board.
Sources further revealed that during last night’s meeting, which considered the CEO’s fate as item number three on the agenda, some members openly engaged in a blame game, accusing colleagues of leaking to the Press details of Miller’s conviction, which has caused great consternation and embarrassment for both the board and the wider BCA membership.
Immediately after the story broke last Thursday, sources said Miller, whose selection to the post was shrouded in rumour months before it was recommended for approval by the board and eventually supported only by a small group on the board, had been asked to prepare a report on his legal imbroglio for consideration at last night’s meeting.
It is also understood that Miller, who had met with acting president Deighton Smith and two other board members on Friday in the absence of Garner, who was overseas at the time, came prepared to hand over the company vehicle, which he initially left on the compound of the Marriott Hotel in Hastings, Christ Church.
However, the vehicle was subsequently picked up by the outgoing CEO and remained in his possession up until today.
Before he was formally terminated, Miller appeared to have been going about his usual duties.
With him out of the way, attention now turns to the board itself, with sources also indicating that this latest fiasco could be the subject of an extraordinary general meeting of the association’s membership in the not too distant future.
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