Deidre Mezbourian, who is currently the Assistant Home Affairs Minister, was first elected as parish Constable in 2008, having served for three years as a Deputy in St Lawrence.
She said: ‘It has been an honour to have been involved with various aspects of parish life for a number of years.
‘The parish system remains at the heart of our Island life and, in my view, the role of Constable is crucial in maintaining our unique historic parish identity. It is the vital link in preserving that identity while managing the many challenges that impact on us as individuals, often affecting our community and way of life.’
She added that it was ‘pleasing’ that the States had recently approved changes to the criminal procedures and sexual offences laws.
‘Their adoption by the States will ensure that we have fit-for-purpose legislation that protects victims and vulnerable children and adults,’ she said. ‘It [working within Home Affairs] has also reinforced my view that our emergency services have not been adequately resourced over the years and worryingly, we are now facing challenges in maintaining the high standard of service that they deliver in what are often life-threatening situations.’
Mrs Mezbourian has previously chaired the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel, as well as serving on a number of other Scrutiny panels.