HAS FRANCOIS ACCEPTED FIVE MILLION DOLLAR HANDSHAKE?
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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
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