Published On: Wed, Nov 28th, 2018

Council of Ministers waiting on advice for new prison director

Point Blanche Prison

By Andrew Bishop

PHILIPSBURG — The Council of Ministers are busy with the evaluation of the final three candidates who have applied to fill the vacancy for the new prison director at the Pointe Blanche Prison. This issue was addressed by deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education of Education, Youth and Sports Wycliffe Smith who stated at the Council of Ministers Press briefing that the advice on the eligible candidate has not reached the Council of Ministers as yet.

According to a report, Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever had placed an advertisement in the Netherlands and the former islands of the Netherlands Antilles to fill the vacancy for a Prison Director since the last one was dismissed. Some seven candidates from the Netherlands applied along with three from St. Maarten.

However, one of the three from the Netherlands who were qualified to fill the vacancy is now being considered as eligible for the post of Prison Director. It is expected that after the candidate is appointed that there will be an opportunity to have one of the candidates from St. Maarten, who have applied to fill the vacancy,  work along with the new director in a counterpart role.


Council of Minister Press Briefing – Wednesday, November 28, 2018