Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has expressed the view that Deputy Director of Corrections, Leonard Terrance is doing a ‘good job.’
Terrance has been Officer in Charge at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) for some three months while his predecessor, Vern Guard, was on vacation leave and since July has been Deputy Director of Corrections when Guard vacated the post.
Guard was appointed Superintendent of Prison in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) effective July 2, 2018, on a contractual basis for two years.
Hermangild Francis told St Lucia Times he expects Leonard Terrance to apply for the vacant position.
“But again, this is not the portfolio of the minister,” Francis explained.
“The Public Service Commission will receive applications and go through them and decide who is the person who is going to be accepted as the director,” he stated.
“That is the problem you know, you have a lot of departments under your purview but how much control or how much authority do you have over these individuals?” Francis said.
He cited the judiciary as an example.
According to the minister, he does not appoint magistrates or judges.
Francis observed that when he has to deal with a judge or a magistrate he cannot do so directly.
He disclosed that he either has to go through the Chief Justice or the Chief Magistrate.
“So there are constraints that you as a minister encounter,” Francis pointed out.