Ousted Police Federation chair to know fate on April 26

Ousted Police Federation chair to know fate on April 26

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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OUSTED Jamaica Police Federation Chairman Corporal Arleen McBean is to know on April 26 whether or not she will be reinstated after she was removed from the post in January.

Justice Sonia Bertram Linton, after hearing arguments in the injunction yesterday in chamber at the Supreme Court, reserved judgement for that date in April.

The police corporal and her attorney, Hugh Wildman, had brought an ex parte notice of application for a mandatory injunction in the Supreme Court on February 18 seeking to have the corporal returned as chairman.

In the affidavit, which lists the newly elected chairman, Inspector Sheldon Gordon; newly elected general secretary, Sergeant Patrae Rowe, and the Police Federation, as first, second and third respondents, respectively, Corporal McBean alleged that she was unconstitutionally removed from her post in January.

McBean noted she was elected last May to serve as chairman for a year under provisions provided in the Jamaican Constabulary Force Act. However, she alleged that Gordon, who was then general secretary, and Rowe, who was then a director of legal affairs, both arranged for a meeting to be convened in which Gordon assumed the role of chairman and caused a motion to be moved in which she lost her position as chairman.

She further alleged that Gordon caused a second motion to be move which resulted in Sergeant Rowe being appointed the general secretary.

Corporal McBean further contended that the appointment of both Police Federation executives should be considered “illegal, null and void”.

— Tanesha Mundle

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