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.