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has been given
He was given his
letter of appointment
yesterday by chair-
man of the Police
A news release by the commission yesterday
noted that there were several challenges facing
the acting Police Commissioner but acknowledged
steps he was taking to improve the Police Serv-
ice.The commission said owing to the requirements
of Legal Notice 102, the commission had to wait
for the shortlist of candidates from the firm which
was now being sought by the National Insurance
Property Development Company (Nipdec) as con-
tracted by the director of personnel administra-
After the process of selecting a firm, that firm
will then select candidates for recommendation
to the commission.
It then selects its choice and sends the name
of the candidate to Parliament for approval, it was
Williams was appointed on August 7, 2012, for
six months. On January 17, the commission extend-
ed his appointment to July 31.
Williams replaced former commissioner, Cana-
dian Dwayne Gibbs, who stepped down in July,
last year after public pressure over his failure to
At a press conference last year, Deosaran
described the process as a "tangled web," in urgent
need of review.
He also called on Government to immediately
review Legal Notice 102, which identifies the selec-
tion process for a CoP and his deputies.
Referring to Part (h) of the notice, Deosaran
said the commission was mandated to do its own
assessment of the candidates, although a similar
exercise would already have been done by a selected
Acting CoP gets
Sources say Sharma appointed Marks and
called on the other members to appoint
someone to the post of deputy.
Cuffy-Dowlat was nominated and sub-
Sources say Sharma did not have the
authority to advise the board to make such
a move, since such appointments had to be
made in consultation with a Boards Com-
mittee of Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister
As a result of the concerns raised by the
legal department yesterday, sources say
Sharma has called a meeting with the board
this morning at his office to discuss the
The source said: "A minister cannot go
out on his own and make these appoint-
ments, it has to be done in consultation.
"Consultation for these appointments
never took place with the boards committee
or Cabinet and such a move is illegal."
Such appointments could also have impli-
cations for the Tenders Committee, which
is chaired by the deputy chairman, the
source pointed out. And while the remaining
members of the board could elect one of
its members to preside over a meeting, "this
is only at meetings," the source said.
There are millions of dollars worth of
contracts which have to be awarded and
should the AATT board continue operating
illegally, as pointed out by its legal depart-
ment, there would be serious legal ramifi-
cations, another source close to the authority
Sharma and Cuffy-Dowlat could not be
contacted via their cellphones yesterday, as
all calls went unanswered.
Marks was reportedly elevated to fill the
position of chairman Gerald Hadeed, but
Hadeed is on sick leave.
According to the Airports Authority Act:
"A member of the authority may, at any
time, resign his office by instrument in writ-
ing addressed to the minister," but sources
say Hadeed never tendered a resignation
letter, nor was his appointment revoked by
Efforts to contact Hadeed were unsuc-
cessful yesterday, as all calls to his cellphone
went directly to voicemail.
Two weeks ago, deputy chairman of the
AATT Kurt Ajodha tendered his resigna-
Ajodha, whose academic qualifications
were queried by Diego Martin North/East
MP Colm Imbert during debate in Parlia-
ment, received a stipend of $7,000 a month
for being on the board.
During his contribution, Imbert had dis-
closed that Ajodha did not possess the qual-
ifications stated on his CV.
AATT sources said when he was seeking
the post, Ajodha had submitted his CV to
the Boards Committee and was recom-
mended by Sharma.
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