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Antigua sacks police chief

Regional 02 Dec, 2019 Follow News

Antigua sacks police chief

The Antigua and Barbuda Police Service Commission has sacked Wendell Robinson as Commissioner of Police after 32 years’ service with immediate effect. He will not receive his pension either.

PSC chairman Kelvin John wrote to Robinson informing him that he was being removed in the public’s interest.

The PSC also alleges that Robinson does not possess the suitable temperament for the post and his ability to perform his job is severely compromised by his strained relationship with the Minister of Public Safety.

Robinson asked to be transferred to another department within the public service two weeks ago. He was suspended nearly two years ago over allegations of misconduct in office, but the court ordered that he be reinstated. Instead of following the order of the court, the PSC suspended him again.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne called on Robinson to accept a negotiated settlement. There is some hope for Robinson’s pension though. The Governor-General may, if he thinks fit, grant pension, gratuity or other allowance “as he thinks just and proper”, not exceeding the amount that Robinson would receive had he retired from the public service.

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