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PLP slams prison chief

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) does not support the appointment of Charles Murphy as the new commissioner of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

“We note the appointment of Charles Murphy as the new commissioner of corrections,” Davis said in a statement.

“The PLP does not support this appointment.

“The process which led up to this appointment did not appear to us to have been fair or transparent.

“The appointee superseded two women who were in line for the job and from all accounts seemed qualified for the job.

“There appears to have been partisan political motivations in making the appointment.”

On April 10, Charles Murphy was named the new commissioner of correctional services, in a statement issued by Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.

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

The appointment took effect January 29, 2019, according to the statement.

Following the appointment, Dames said the process of selecting the commissioner was a transparent and fair one. He insisted that Murphy was the most qualified for the position as they were in search of the “brightest and the best”.

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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