BCA: We didn’t know

Nine days after Barbados TODAY broke the story of Jefferson Miller’s conviction in the United States on a criminal

Jefferson Miller
Jefferson Miller

charge of grand theft, the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) today issued a formal statement confirming the chief executive officer’s departure from the association.

The much-anticipated statement also comes on the heels of Monday’s meeting of the BCA board at which a directive was issued for Miller’s sacking.

The outgoing CEO of the island’s leading cricket administrative body was convicted back in May and is currently on 12 years probation for grand theft in the second degree.

His conviction occurred less than a month before he took up the top cricket post.

But in its carefully worded two-page statement today, the Joel Garner-led 14-member board said it only became aware of his legal troubles “subsequent to Mr Miller’s completion of his probationary period and confirmation by the BCA’s Board on September 22nd, 2014”.

The following is the full text of the statement issued by the BCA.

 

The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and Mr Jefferson Miller have agreed to a mutual separation.

Consistent with the BCA’s commitment to transparency in its operations and its adherence to good governance principles, the BCA also wishes to take this opportunity to address the misinformation circulating in the press and on social media regarding the process which led to the appointment of Mr Miller:

The facts are as follows:

1. The BCA contracted the professional recruitment agency Profiles Caribbean Inc. to assist in the recruitment of a chief executive officer.

2. An advertisement was subsequently placed in the local papers and online in September 2013.

3. Twenty four applicants applied for the post, including Mr Miller. Seven candidates were initially shortlisted and the list was thereafter reduced to five in March 2014. Mr Miller was included on both of these lists.

4. A second round of interviews was subsequently held in May 2014 with the two remaining candidates, one of whom was Mr Miller.

5. When Mr Miller presented for the second round of interviews, upon the BCA’s request, he furnished the BCA with a character certificate issued by the Broward Sherriff’s Office Records Division – Sheriff Office Broward County dated May 15th, 2014.

6. The BCA thereafter contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and conducted a state wide search of Mr Miller. This search indicated that Mr Miller did not have an arrest record.

7. Mr Miller also provided the BCA with the appropriate number of references including one written by the Mayor of the City of Lauderhill, Florida, Mr Richard J. Kaplan and another from a prominent local attorney.

8. Mr Miller’s tenure with the BCA commenced on June 23rd, 2014.

9. Mr Miller requested leave from the BCA in July 2014 to attend to what he described as an urgent personal medical matter overseas.

10. Recent developments indicate that Mr Miller was sentenced in Florida for a criminal offence on July 25th, 2014, a full month after being initially contracted.

The BCA wishes in the circumstances to assure its membership, and the public, that all reasonable due diligence was conducted in this matter, prior to the appointment of Mr Miller to the post of chief executive officer of the BCA, as the above factual timeline confirms.

Significantly, the information regarding Mr Miller’s conviction and sentence came to light subsequent to Mr Miller’s completion of his probationary period and confirmation by the BCA’s Board on September 22nd, 2014.

The BCA remains focused on and committed to its mandate of promoting and developing cricket – this nation’s most treasured sport.

19 Responses to BCA: We didn’t know

  1. Ron Murr
    Ron Murr October 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Haaaaaaa

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  2. Pam Fazio
    Pam Fazio October 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    How could they not know? What a joke.They really think Bajans are stupid. They got caught and trying to cover their own a —-

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  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock October 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Talking bull.

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  4. Nicole Griffith
    Nicole Griffith October 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    So nobody took the time to do any background checks?….really makes me wonder…..

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  5. Ardith O
    Ardith O'nell Prescod October 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    With all the technology available, shoot! Let’s go basic. Google the man! That was and is a matter of public record and it would have come up. Some of the stuff I see happening in Barbados is simply PATHETIC! *facepalm*

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  6. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams October 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Hindsight is 20/20 vision. When all the bashing is done, scores of ppl including those making the most noise are hired all over Barbados without the kind of intensive background checks ppl making noise bout.

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  7. Cheryl A Hall Graham
    Cheryl A Hall Graham October 12, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Hope the USA throw the book @ Mr Miller, He got some BALLS…

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  8. Merchant Clarke
    Merchant Clarke October 12, 2014 at 2:01 am

    he knows all .he is no good

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  9. Nitty Gritty
    Nitty Gritty October 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    i know in florida jefferson miller is a U.S politician name , so maybe they ran check on him ( lol ) ,

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  10. Jason Chandler October 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

    So Wait, wait, wait……
    You mean to tell me, you all hire a man for that post/position on the board, ain’t check the man background, give the man a heavy monthly salary, company vehicle, all the icing on the cake…..And not once anyone tried to see what sort of person you have along you??
    Mr.Garner wanna feel big people are idiots?? I mean come on now….the man was hired as a CEO. You don’t just put a person in that position just so….Unless someone in there had that post for him specially.

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  11. jr smith October 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Why cricket in the West Indies, has become so controversial, it just puts me off. What are we going to blame this on or whom.
    We are so laid back , no chance of ever coming forward, we are going from bad to worst. daily.

    My take, our black people don’t want to take responsibility, they don’t want to work, with the idea this would benefit some one else. the missing culture, no moral values , the dishonesty ,the hate for each other, the selfishness, the greed , all of this is seen by our young people and they don’t know which foot to step of on. the society discipline and respect for each other is a thing of the past.
    The claim bajans are so educated, what type of education have we.

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  12. John John
    John John October 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

    That’s why there is something call “due diligence” only we in the Caribbean take everything at face value.

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  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Well this story gets even more bizzare if BCA telling truth then someone lying guess only way to really know was to fingerprint him when he applied for certificate of character because every person has fingerprints only unique to them regardless of how many people have same name.Second thing some skullduggery could have occur in Florida where he applied for certificate of character if ya all know what I mean.

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  14. DW Ananke
    DW Ananke October 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I do not buy it…..nope.

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  15. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua October 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

    You guys have become the laughing stock…to you and all those who think qualify up standard bajans aren’t good enough to fill position on the island my advice to you all is ……….STOP IMPORTING CRIMINALS

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  16. Nigel D October 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

    This BCA explanation is quite reasonable and believable. Given this BCA statement I am prepared to accept that the necessary due diligence had been done and that the BCA is not at fault. The sequence of events will indicate that there was simply no way for the BCA to know of the charges. After all, not even the Broward County Sheriff’s Office knew what was coming down the line. Besides, those of us who know Joel Garner will agree that he is a straight-shooter who will not stand for nonsense. In my mind, the BCA is clear. Nigel D.

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  17. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer October 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    The man has to be somebody’s friend who was trying to help him out, clear & simple.

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  18. DCWil October 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    The factual details provided by the BCA support that they completed a comprehensive approach before hiring the CEO: A highly experienced recruitment firm was used, they sought and received solid references, interviews and follow-up were done. Cases BEFORE the court and not yet adjudicated will not show up in a computer background check. At least the average employer will not add that as part of the search requirements.

    If he was seeking employment in a very sensitive government or private post then surely the search becomes very intrusive. But otherwise one is innocent until the conviction.

    The burden was definitely on the job applicant to advise on his pending issues and subsequent conviction which happened after he was hired.

    In simple terms, Mr. Miller was extremely economical with the facts: needing time for “… urgent personal medical matter”. Clearly he was very content to draw as much of that BDS $10k/month salary after his conviction in July, as realistically this news may have lay dormant for several more months.

    With all due respect to Mr. Miller he is the culprit here. Based on his Miami conviction (fraud) and this episode he appears to be living in an amoral zip code. I will be charitable to him and say that maybe he intended to alert the BCA board about his conviction…maybe in another month or two. Maybe, just shy of Christmas he would announce that he had further urgent medical problems that forced him to resign to return to Miami. Who knows, one con act is as good as another.

    We can’t ridicule or blame Mr. Garner and his executive. They did the required due diligence in this matter.

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  19. Tony Waterman October 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    @Ron Murr!!! Where is the Joke in this???

    @Pam Fazio, Rawle Maycock, Nicole Griffith!!! The first 7 Items in the BCA Reply all deal with the process used to hire this guy, This is supposedly what everyone wanted to be made aware of, sadly as far as you all are concerned this was NOT enough, to me this shows due diligence without a doubt.

    @Nitty Gritty!!!! That is quite plausible, because the system used for checking (AFIS) does not have that TYPE of info Due to PRIVACY LAWS. AFIS deals mainly with Violent Criminal matters who have already gone through the Criminal Justice System.

    @jr smith!!! you come across in your comments as someone who can always do better and one who seems to believe that you are a cut above the rest of us. the WICB was awful when a BAJAN ran it for about 25 years, so where do we get off telllmg others how it should be done, TO ERR IS HUMAN, TO FORGIVE IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEVINE.

    IN MY HUMBLE OPINION THE BCA HA PROVEN THAT DUE DILIGENCE WAS DONE, AND WE SHOULD JUST MOVE ON.

    @Gregory Nicholls!!! YOU HAD THE BULL BY THE TAIL, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SIT AT THE TABLE AND EAT THAT PLATE OF CROW??? YOU NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO THE BCA FOR YOUR REMARKS IN BARBADOSTODAY OF 04/10/2014. YOU WERE TOTALLY WRONG AND I HAVE THAT ARTICLE AND CAN POST IT WHEN AND IF NEEDED. YOU WERE EMPHATIC ABOUT WHAT YOU WRONGLY THOUGHT YOU KNEW OF THE ISSUE, NOW BE EMPHATIC IN YOU APOLOGY. man up!!!!!

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