Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has admitted that he ignored advice in hiring an employee of the City Police.
“I must say for the record that when we were looking at the appointment of Mr. (Leo) Henry, you know I did seek certain advice,” Francis disclosed.
He said he consulted his brother, Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, who gave an opinion.
But the Mayor told reporters that he did not ‘adhere’ to his brother’s advice.
The Mayor said the reason for disregarding the Minister’s advice, was because of things he wanted Henry to come in to do.
He explained that he had also disregarded advice given to him by others.
Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has refused the administer the oath of office to Leo Henry, who is also known as ‘Zeus’.
The Mayor said he and Moncherry had a private discussion.
“He did not give me reasons, which he is not mandated to do – which I accept,” Francis stated.
He explained that his office is in receipt of ‘certain reports’ which are ‘not encouraging’.
But while not going into detail, the Mayor sought to assure the public that the reports are being worked on ‘quickly’ to rectify the situation.
“Right now people are saying that the image of the police is being affected,” Francis stated.
“I am not saying Mr. Henry was a mistake on our part. We did get certain reports but at the same time, everything has to be given a fair chance,” he explained.
“I could assure you that we are working on it. I have reason to work on it and the public will know soon how we are going to rectify the situation,” the Mayor said.