Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Enviille Williams was on Friday appointed to act as Commissioner of Police, a clear indication that he would become the nation’s next police chief.
Well-placed sources further told iWitness News that Trevor Bailey has been promoted from the rank of superintendent of police to ACP.
Bailey, a veteran detective, has been put in charge of crime-fighting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a role that Williams previously held.
Commissioner of Police Colin John, 55, spent his last day on the job on Friday, when he proceeded on pre-retirement leave, having applied for and obtained early retirement.
All indications are that Deputy Commissioner of Police Frankie Joseph has been overlooked for the top job.
On Aug. 24, news broke that John, who is also a lawyer and former assistant director of public prosecution, had applied for early retirement.
In the immediate aftermath of the news, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who is also minister of national security, said that he could neither deny nor confirm that John had applied for early retirement.
However, he announced on Sept. 15 that John had obtained early retirement and that a new police chief would be in place by the end of September.
It is not yet clear who has been appointed superintendent of police to fill the spot left vacant by Bailey’s elevation.