Prison boss says he’s being overlooked for promotion

Albert Wade

Prison Superintendent Albert Wade has been speaking about why he asked for his stint at Her Majesty’s Prison to end.

Last week, Prison Officers protested the pending transfer of the prison boss who for the last three years has been on secondment at from the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda.

But Wade told state television last night he requested the change because he has been overlooked for promotions within the force.

“I have been an Assistant Superintendent of Police since 2008. When you look at the force now with a number of senior positions opening up as people go on retirement, I just felt that I am being overlooked.

“Since I have been here a number of officers who were junior to me are now my seniors,” he said.

Cabinet asked Wade to stay on while his replacement in recruited. Minister responsible for the prison Steadroy Cutie Benjamin has credited him with “turning things around for the prison.”

However, Wade told ABS that when he inquired about opportunities for promotion, he was given a reason that he does not agree with.

Wade was told he cannot be promoted while on secondment.

“It is quite clear that all serving members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of a police officer. I am on secondment but I am still a police officer,” he said.

Since taking up the job no less than four promotions lists have been approved within the police force.

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