Commissioner Clayton Fernander gets last laugh at Marvin Dames
Five years after the Minnis Administration forced him to take accumulated vacation leave, removed him from active police duty and sent him to a government entity to rot, soon-to-be Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander will have the last laugh.
Police chief Paul Rolle will ride off into the sunset on July 5, officially handing over the reins of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to his Deputy Commissioner.
Fernander is one of a handful of top cops to be victimized by the Free National Movement (FNM) government only to rise to the highest ranks of the police force following the FNM’s resounding defeat in the 2021 General Election.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Leamond Deleveaux, who was also removed from active duty under the former government, will be promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police.
The decision to embarrass the senior officers by assigning them to other government agencies was a spiteful move by then-Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, who sought revenge on the officers whose careers eclipsed his when he served on the police office.
Dames also got rid of Ellison Greenslade who was chosen as Commissioner of Police instead of him. However, what Dames thought was punishment for Greenslade turned out to a rewarding career for the Bahamian diplomat who now rubs shoulders with royalty as Bahamas High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
While those officers are taking their rightful place at top levels of the RBPF, Dames spends his days jogging in his Coral Harbour community in short tight pants.
His spiteful approach to governance contributed to his short-lived career in politics.