Mitchell pushes back at Dames on Rolle appointment
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday called Minister of National Security Marvin Dames a “smart alec” after the minister fired back over the opposition’s claim that it was not consulted on the appointment of ACP Paul Rolle as acting deputy commissioner of police.
Last week, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson announced that Rolle was named acting deputy commissioner following consultation with opposition leader Philip Brave Davis.
However, Davis denied that he was ever consulted.
On Sunday, Dames said Davis did not need to be consulted.
Speaking about the matter at a press conference yesterday, Mitchell said, “Amongst the more jokey but serious issues raised this morning in the press was that of the Minister of National Security Marvin Dames… trying to be… a smart alec by attacking the leader of the opposition about the appointment of the acting deputy commissioner of police.
“Mister Smarty Pants Minister was quoted as saying that he is amazed that people who are lawyers need to be told that the leader of opposition does not have to be consulted in order for there to be an acting appointment.
“While we do not concede that, here is the point we make, Mister Smarty Pants Minister, it wasn’t the leader of the opposition who said he needed to be consulted. Matter of fact, he said nothing at all. It was your own commissioner of police who signed the letter and published it for all to see.”
Rolle is replacing Emrick Seymour as deputy commissioner.
Seymour was one of eight senior officers who was recently forced to take their accumulated months of vacation. He is expected to retire at the end of his vacation leave.
Davis has accused the government of “purging” the force of PLPs after the eight officers were sent on leave.
Rolle’s appointment took effect April 1, 2019.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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