Trouble brewing at CCC over appointment of CEO?

Trouble appears to be brewing at the Castries Constituency Council (CCC), over the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer, (CEO).

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, on July 27, 2018, dispatched a letter to the Chairperson of the Administration Committee of the CCC, Leslie Prospere, expressing ‘disappointment’ at his recent action in ‘unilaterally’ halting the process of appointing a CEO.

Francis asserted in the letter, a copy of which has been obtained by St Lucia Times, that he was advised that Prospere acted on the instructions of Local Government Minister, Fortuna Belrose.

According to the Mayor’s letter, Prospere’s action in taking direction from the Minister pertaining to the recruitment of the CEO conflicts with the Castries Constituency Act #1 of 2012, Section 12.

The document declared that the section states that the council ‘shall regulate its own procedure.’

Francis also quoted Section 23 of the act in support of his case.

The operations of the CCC are currently the subject of a review by Ms. Claudia Francis.

However, Mayor Francis said in his letter that to add ‘insult to injury’ the very person undertaking the review is the individual that the Minister wishes to make CEO.

“Can someone with a vested or entrusted interest in being a CEO be fair in her assessment of the current board? Have you asked yourself that question?” He wrote in his letter.

The Mayor explained that the appointment of a CEO cannot be an ‘imposition’ by the Minister, but a process determined by the council.

He observed that the council would not be ‘unmindful’ of the minister’s wishes, provided that they are articulated through the ‘proper channels’.

Francis stated that Section 28 of the CCC Act allows the minister only to give general direction, but does not permit ‘day to day’ interference.

The Mayor announced in his letter that he was proceeding with the appointment of a CEO, via the council.

The document was copied to Local Government Minister, Senator Fortuna Belrose.






  1. Kerlyn Gaillard
    July 30, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    my mayor be mindful u were selected like ur brother be mindful?

  2. Shake a tree
    July 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    4 Tuna was also selected

  3. zabo
    July 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Well, i don’t know about how the FRANCIS-ES came about and i don’t know who like it or not. I only have an observation; we now have M Francis, H Francis, P. Francis, Mrs. Francis here and there. I only hope that Lucia farther Sir John agree with dat, or else look out him.
    Major, defend your cause you heareeee.

  4. Oh please!!
    July 30, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Don’t mess with my Mayor. The best we’ve had

  5. Smh
    July 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    When they messing with the public service no one cares. Now it hit home

  6. Teak tf
    July 31, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Clean up the city and get rid of Mr corruption time to go let flambous do flambous job

  7. The Righteousness of God in Christ.
    July 31, 2018 at 6:19 am

    New Testament Verse of the Day:
    When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.

    –Hebrews 8:13

    1. Mike Oxsaw
      July 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Never heard god speak. Does he use facebook?

  8. DAVIS
    July 31, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I hope Minister Belrose understand clearly her limitations in relation to Administration of the CCC. As a retired PS, She ought to be Familiar with the process.

    While I do not wish to join in any discuss geared to prevent someone from gaining their daily bread, I concur with the Mayor that this do sound fishy.

    Obviously there is a great possibility the the review may not reflect the actual. besides that, the Saint Lucia public without a doubt knows that Mayor Peterson Francis is on record as the most active, the most effective Mayor Saint Lucia have ever had and his performance cannot be questioned.

    So my advice to both Minister Belrose and Ms. Claudia Francis is to be careful because the public is aware of this Man performance.

    I hope that this situation we be resolved amicably.

  9. Vibz
    July 31, 2018 at 8:18 am

    The Castries Mayor has done some good and he should be applauded for that. However, his head is swollen with all the praise and accolades. His ego has become overly inflated. It needs to be pricked so it can be deflated. He has become arrogant and think he is the law. The man is inebriated with power.

    1. Big Red
      July 31, 2018 at 9:56 am

      The Mayor has not changed one bit. How can you so he has an ego. The volume of work done reflects teamwork of which he is the head. Its not only of his doing. If the mayor was as you described, the staff would not work the way they do. One of the greatest achievements an administrator can have is the willing participation of his/her charge to affect change and promote growth. If the mayor has achieved that, then he has earned the right to be proud. Best mayor ever.

  10. Antonio
    July 31, 2018 at 9:49 am

    There should be no interference. MAYOR IS RIGHT. I hope chas ready for the backlash that his ministers are doing.

  11. Armchair Anonymous
    July 31, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    The mayor is clearly doing his job as the CCC Act proclaims. The minister should never have entertained the Administration Committee for their “interference” in appointing a CEO. The mayor put his cards on the table in black and white with no shades of grey, he is going through the due process as the Act dictates. No more, no less.

  12. Traveller
    August 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Government agencies are in St. Lucia are not used to productivity. So they are totally shocked by the Mayor’s performance and wish to put an end to it.

  13. Tuna Fish
    August 1, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    The mayor who can’t speak or read.

  14. Truth
    August 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Tuna fish hell. Best Mayor ever. Well articulated. Learn something or two from him. Bye