The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has announced the appointment of Velma Ricketts Walker as the new Chief Executive Office/Commissioner of Customs for the Jamaica Customs Agency, JCA.

In a statement yesterday, the ministry says Ricketts Walker will assume duties on Monday, April 10.

Ricketts Walker replaces retired Major Richard Reese as Commissioner of Customs.

The Finance Ministry says Ricketts Walker has over 17 years of experience in customs administration, trade facilitation, risk analysis, strategic planning, international trade, security, compliance and enforcement.

In 2011 she served the JCA as assistant commissioner, of compliance and enforcement.

She was previously employed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a revenue administration adviser.

There, she reportedly assisted regional customs administration with the development and strengthening of their risk management programs and organisational strategic reform.