Governor-General of Jamaica
Coat of arms of Jamaica
Incumbent
Patrick Allen
since 26 February 2009
Viceroy
Style
ResidenceKing's House
(Government House)
AppointerMonarch of Jamaica
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation6 August 1962
First holderKenneth Blackburne
SalaryJMD $10,850,512.65 annually[1][2]
Websitewww.kingshouse.gov.jm

The governor-general of Jamaica (Jamaican Patois: Gobna-Jinaral a Jumieka) is the representative of the Jamaican monarch, currently King Charles III, in Jamaica.

The monarch, on the advice of the prime minister, appoints a governor-general as his or her representative in Jamaica. Both the monarch and the governor-general hold much power, but rarely exercise it, usually only in emergencies and, in some cases,[which?] war.

The governor-general represents the monarch on ceremonial occasions such as the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, the presentation of honours, and military parades. Under the Constitution, they are given authority to act in some matters, for example in appointing and disciplining officers of the civil service, proroguing Parliament, and so on, but only in a few cases do they have the power to act entirely at their own discretion.[3]

Jamaican republicanism, a position which is held by the current Jamaican government, generally advocates for the replacement of the governor-general with a non-executive president.

List of governors-general of Jamaica

Following is a list of people who have served as Governor-General of Jamaica since independence in 1962.

  Denotes acting governors-general
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Monarch
(Reign)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sir Kenneth Blackburne
(1907–1980)
6 August
1962
30 November
1962
116 days
Elizabeth II

(1962–2022)
2 Sir Clifford Campbell
(1892–1991)
1 December
1962
28 February
1973
10 years, 89 days
Sir Herbert Duffus
(1908–2002)
Acting Governor-General
28 February
1973
27 June
1973
119 days
3 Sir Florizel Glasspole
(1909–2000)
27 June
1973
31 March
1991
17 years, 277 days
Edward Zacca
(1931–2019)
Acting Governor-General
31 March
1991
1 August
1991
123 days
4 Sir Howard Cooke
(1915–2014)
1 August
1991
15 February
2006
14 years, 198 days
5 Sir Kenneth O. Hall
(b. 1941)
15 February
2006
26 February
2009
3 years, 11 days
6 Sir Patrick Allen
(b. 1951)
26 February
2009
Incumbent 14 years, 346 days

Charles III

(2022–present)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Judges to be paid increased salaries month end". jamaica-gleaner.com. 20 June 2017.
  2. ^ "GOVERNOR-GENERAL (EXPENDITURE,PERSONAL STAFF, TAX EXEMPTIONS AND PENSIONS) ACT – Alphabetical List of Statutes – temp". jamaicalawonline.com.
  3. ^ "Government of Jamaica" Archived 6 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Jamaica Information Service