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Gov’t House Offers Fired Exempt Employee Chance to Appeal: Cranston Says She Was Terminated After Having Lunch With Senator Sarauw

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by Janeka Simon (VI Consortium) What happens when someone related by family to the highest office-holder in the land goes to lunch with a childhood friend?

If that friend is Janelle Sauraw, sitting senator and current candidate for lieutenant governor, running on a ticket that makes her and your current boss adversaries, then you get fired.

That’s the reason Danielle Cranston says she got slapped with a termination letter on Friday, quickly followed by what she alleges is a smear campaign of false allegations drummed up in an attempt to justify her dismissal.

Cranston’s tenure at the V.I. Police Department, Office of Highway Safety began after a long career of public service, with over a decade combined working for the Water & Power Authority and with the local Department of Justice. About two years ago, while still at DOJ, she received a call from Avery Lewis, St. Thomas’ administrator. Also on the call were Jason Charles and Governor Albert Bryan.

“We had a conversation and you know they told me basically that they wanted me to become part of the team and I said yes.”

Cranston described her willingness to lend her efforts to the success of the administration because she felt drawn to what she believed Bryan represented to the territory.

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