Deputy Commissioner Guzman to Retire, Controversy Erupts Over Succession Plan
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Aaron Guzman is looking to retire this month from the Police Department. Tonight, his colleagues may be sad to see him go, but they are perhaps more upset over the succession plan. In an unexpected turn of events, the Police Commissioner has chosen to fill the seat of Commander of Administration with Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sandra Bowden. It is a bypass of some who thought they would be next in line for the positions, and as a result some feathers are being ruffled. Love News understands, however, that this is not the only shakeup that will happen in the department.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Miss Sandra Bowden who is the head of Special Branch will be taking over as Commander of Administration. Mr.Gualberto Garica will be taking over as Head Special Branch. Mr.Jeffrey Gabourel will be taking over as Commander Division 3. Mr.Dwayne Sutherland will move to Belize City as one of the deputies to Mr.Romero. Mr.Basil Reyes is taking over as Commander MIT and not Cassanova as you reported. The other transfers to the bottom – Oh Mr.Noble is also moving as the Northern Regional Commander. The other transfers you had at the bottom I don’t know where those came from those didn’t come from me and those are not moves I intend to make so that is the reshuffling that is going to take place. There is always going to be discontent when it is time for promotion. No care what you do you will never be able to please or to satisfy everybody. But as a leader, as a manager, we must make unpopular decisions for the greater good of the organization we serve. I believe that Miss Bowden is well fit and qualified to be Commander Administration. She holds a Masters Degree in public sector management. She is the only one in the department with that qualification and the job of Commander Administration has a lot to do with the management of human and other resources and so it is a matter of putting people in areas where they’re best suited and I can’t think of anybody who would be more qualified for that job than she is and so I stick to that.”
In order to fill the vacant seat, ASP Bowden will be promoted. The possibility is, however, that those who oppose the plan, may be seeking a legal review of the decisions made. According to Commissioner Chester Williams, such a move would not make much sense.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We have to go through the process for promotion. I cannot say that I am promoting somebody but as the Commissioner of Police I make recommendations for transfers and I also make recommendations for promotion. If or when the time comes for promotion there are still going to be those who are disgruntled but senior officers must understand that the major criteria for promotion as outlined in the public service regulation as well as in our own policy manual is that of the person’s educational qualification that is the major criteria followed by the person’s work ethics, the person’s appraisals and seniority is the least at the bottom of the scale. If we were to look at promotions based on seniority I would not be the Commissioner today. Many of the senior officers who want to challenge whatever promotion they believe will happen would not be where they are currently as well because at some point in time they jumped persons as well to get where they are. So it is always good when you are at the receiving end but when you are not at the receiving end then you want to challenge these sorts of things and I see some of them trying to look at the case with the two DCPs Mr.Rosado and Mr.Jones that is currently before the court but they need to understand the essence of the case with Jones and Rosado is not a matter seniority it’s a matter that Jones is contending that Mr.Rosado’s promotion did not follow the process as outlined in the regulations and the policy manual that’s the gist of that matter. It has nothing to do with whether Rosado had seniored Bart at one point in time or the other.”
Guzman will return as a contract worker in the Ministry of Home Affairs to serve as an advisor to the CEO Sharole Saldviar.