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Police commissioner reassigned as clerk of parliament

Thursday, July 10, 2014    

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Police Commissioner Willan Thompson has taken up an appointment as the new clerk of the Grenada Parliament, days after he was scheduled to return to work in his substantive post.

Thompson was appointed police commissioner by the Tillman Thomas administration in 2008 and served until the change of government in February 2013.

Thompson proceeded on leave when the Keith Mitchell administration took office and was due to return to work on Monday this week.

But he began working in his new post on that date, replacing Ray Donald who is retiring from the public service.

Chairman of the Public Service Commission Derrick Sylvester, said that Thompson's new post should not be viewed as a demotion.

"The position of Police Commissioner falls in the Grade L category within the public service and there is no truth to say he was demoted. The clerk of parliament position belongs to Grade L. Other public service positions in that grade include the attorney general; the director of public prosecution and permanent secretaries," Sylvester said.

Fitzroy James has been acting police commissioner since Thompson went on leave.

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