Monday 19 August, 2019

Jamaican fired as chief usher at White House

In this October 18, 2011 file photo, the then-incoming White House chief usher Angella Reid is photographed in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington. (PHOTO: AP)

In this October 18, 2011 file photo, the then-incoming White House chief usher Angella Reid is photographed in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington. (PHOTO: AP)

Jamaica-born hotelier Angella Reid has been dismissed as the chief usher at the White House in Washington, DC.

Reid was dismissed on Friday after six years on the job in what White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said was  "... simply nothing more than the transition of staff".

At a briefing on Friday, Sanders said Reid left on "very good terms and we wish her the very best".

The Washington Post described Reid as having worked closely with the First Family as the chief usher, and in providing guidance on matters of furnishing, art, and decor.

Reid reportedly declined to comment to the newspaper about her dismissal.

The post of chief usher is not a political position for which an automatic change is required for a new administration in the White House. Most of the previous holders of the position did at least a decade, and one was in office for more than 30 years.

Reid was the ninth holder of the office since the start of the 20th century.

Hailing from Trinityville in St Thomas, the Excelsior High School graduate began her career in hospitality as a front office trainee at Half Moon hotel in Montego Bay back in 1978.

With more than 25 years of experience in hotel management with the Ritz-Carlton chain, managing properties in Miami, Florida; Washington, DC and Arlington, Virginia, she landed the position as the chief usher at the White House, where she was responsible for the management of the overall operations at the world's most powerful and prestigious property.

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