Anthony Argar Alexander – First Ombudsman of Grenada
Anthony Argar Alexander O.B.E., J.P. accepted his instrument of office on 3rd September 2009 from His Excellency Sir Carlyle Glean, Governor-General and became the first Ombudsman for the state of Grenada.
His appointment took effect on 1st October 2009 when the oath of office was administered by Madam Justice Claire Henry, Judge of the OECS Supreme Court.
Mr. Alexander was born at Victoria St. Mark. He attended the St. Mark R.C. School prior to obtaining his secondary education at GBSS. He received further education at Grenada Teachers College; UWI(Jamaica); University of Oregon (USA) and Portsmouth Polytechnic(UK).
His public service spanned four decades from teacher at St. Mark R.C. School and Waltham Junior Secondary School, to senior tutor at the Grenada Teachers College; as Permanent Secretary from 1995, in various ministries, prior to assuming the position of Secretary to the Cabinet in 2002 until his retirement from the Public Service in 2008.
He also served as Head of the Department of Teacher Education of TAMCC prior to his posting at the Ministry of Education as a Senior Education Officer with responsibility for Testing and Measurement; and Coordinator of the OECS/UWI/EDF Non-graduate In-Service Secondary Teacher Education Project; and was Grenada’s representative on the OECS Reform Strategy.
Mr. Alexander was President of the Grenada Public Service Cooperative Credit Union and chaired the St. Mark Development Committee, a voluntary community organization. He also held membership on the following boards or committees: Tax Appeal Commission, Grenada Broadcasting Network, Grenada Housing Authority, National Insurance Scheme, Liqour Licensing Board for St. Mark; and was Grenada’s representative on the OECS Education Reform Strategy.
Mr. Alexander who is Catholic has served as Chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. In 2003, Mr Alexander was awarded the OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II, for public service to Grenada.