Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has indicated that he has agreed to Minister of National Security Rayburn Blackmoore to have Police Chief Daniel Carbon who was to proceed on pre-retirement leave at the end of October 2023 to remain in the post until December 31, 2023.
Eyebrows were raised when Carbon, due to having gone on “pre-retirement leave” did not proceed. At a news conference, Prime Minister Skerrit clarified the matter saying, “This is not out of the norm, we have instances where officers are required to go on pre-retirement leave…they have not reached the age of retirement, but have accumulated leave and sometimes we pay them for their leave and ask them to continue until a certain time since from time to time, things come up,” he said.
“In the case of Chief Carbon, we had the independence season, the Creole Festival, and so on, hence it was the considered view of the Minister of National Security that he should stay on until the end of December 2023, just for two months while he addresses certain issues and I agreed with him on that.”
He explained that Carbon is “not yet retired” but should have proceeded on “pre-retirement leave”.
“If we want, we can pay him for all his leave and ask him to stay until his official retirement date, these things from time to time do happen in the public service it’s not unusual and nothing is wrong with it,” the Prime Minister stated.
No official word yet on who will replace Chief Carbon when he officially retires.