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Murphy: I intend to serve well

After being named commissioner of correctional services just two days ago, Charles Murphy said yesterday that he has a number of plans for the department which will unfold in the upcoming months.

“There are a number of plans on the drawing board,” Murphy said at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) after the second cohort of inmates graduated from a training program facilitated by The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

“We have already started to execute some and in the coming weeks [and] months you will see them coming up.”

Murphy said he felt great about being appointed as commissioner.

“It is my intention to serve you well,” Murphy said.

He added, “I have a great task in the front of me and I endeavor to pursue it with all diligence.”

Murphy, who previously headed the Maximum Security Unit, has been acting commissioner since last August, when former Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright retired.

The appointment took effect January 29, 2019.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that the competition for the position was stiff but noted that Murphy was the man for the job.

“We don’t want, by any stretch, for persons to believe that it’s an automatic pass,” Dames said.

“We have to come to a point in these agencies and throughout the public service, where [people] earn their right to elevation.

“We have to go in search for the brightest and the best.

“We have to go in search of the most qualified; those with the highest level of integrity and prepare them for leadership.”

An official handing-over ceremony will take place at BDCS on Monday at 3 p.m.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
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