HAS FRAN­COIS AC­CEPTED FIVE MIL­LION DOL­LAR HAND­SHAKE?

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Rick Wayne

As we go to press, we are in­formed by nor­mally re­li­able sources, be­lea­guered po­lice com­mis­sioner Ver­non Fran­cois has suc­cumbed to of­fi­cial pres­sure and “re­tired in the public in­ter­est.” In re­turn, the STAR has also been in­formed, for his co­op­er­a­tion Fran­cois will re­ceive a $5 mil­lion hand­shake and sev­eral other perks.

Tak­ing over his of­fice will be Sev­erin Moncherry, a vet­eran with some 27 years un­der his po­lice belt.

Moncherry’s sub­stan­tive po­si­tion is su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, although he has for the last six months or so been act­ing deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner. The in­side word is “he is not quite sat­is­fied he is ready for the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with his new po­si­tion, bear­ing in mind the ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances now en­gulf­ing the force.”

Those “ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances” have ev­ery­thing

agen­cies

au­dit re­ports

su­per­vi­sory level

pro­pos­als

to do with the 2011 lead-up to the IMPACS in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the re­sult of which has been be­fore the DPP for sev­eral months with­out of­fi­cial com­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Kenny An­thony, the IMPACS re­port al­leges “will­ful blind­ness” on the part of then act­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner Fran­cois. More­over, that the in­ves­ti­ga­tors had con­firmed the ex­is­tence of a death list that the PM claimed he had seen with his own eyes. Fran­cois has claimed the con­trary, that there never was a hit list.

Mean­while, the act­ing com­mis­sioner Er­rol Alexan­der, who has been hold­ing the fort since Fran­cois was sent on ac­crued leave by the Pre­pare gen­eral jour­nals for en­try Pre­pare and print cheques for sig­na­ture As­sist with bud­get prepa­ra­tion Pay­roll main­te­nance in­clud­ing en­sur­ing all pay­ments on be­half of staff are re­mit­ted to the rel­e­vant As­sist with the prepa­ra­tion of an­nual au­dit sched­ules Rec­on­cile the op­er­at­ing bank ac­count and pre­pare rel­e­vant jour­nals Pre­pare weekly re­ceiv­ables re­ports Com­mu­ni­cate with clients to en­sure bal­ances re­main cur­rent Main­tain files rel­e­vant to du­ties per­formed Re­view re­ceipt of cash and cheques by other col­lec­tion points and pre­pare weekly re­ports such as BSc in Ac­count­ing, with a min­i­mum of 3 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence at the su­per­vi­sory level or; ACCA Level 2, CGA Level 4, CPA or equiv­a­lent, with at least four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence at the Ex­pe­ri­ence in Win­dows en­vi­ron­ment and pro­fi­ciency in Mi­crosoft Of­fice ap­pli­ca­tions and ACCPAC Ef­fec­tive writ­ten and ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in­clud­ing the abil­ity to pre­pare re­ports and

Abil­ity to in­ter­act ef­fec­tively and build key re­la­tion­ships at all lev­els gov­ern­ment sev­eral months ago, has been off-is­land a full week.

We have also been re­li­ably in­formed that the Kenny An­thony gov­ern­ment has of­fered at least two other lead­ing po­lice of­fi­cers nearir­re­sistible re­tire­ment pack­ages but they have not yet ac­cepted.

There has been wide­spread spec­u­la­tion, ever since the prime min­is­ter re­vealed “politi­cians, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and busi­ness­men” were fin­gered by the IMPACS re­port, about the fu­ture of po­lice com­mis­sioner Ver­non Fran­cois and other lead­ers of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force.

Our source adds: “The plan was to go through the mo­tions of advertising the po­si­tion of po­lice com­mis­sioner but no sur­prise if, once again, things should hap­pen in re­verse or­der. This is still Saint Lu­cia.”

L-R: Sev­erin Moncherry, Er­rol Alexan­der (presently act­ing as Po­lice Comis­sioner), Ver­non Fran­cois (Po­lice Com­mis­sioner on leave) and Fran­cis Henry, act­ing

Deputy Com­mis­sioner.

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