Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Griffith: I would never ask for $135k salary

Incoming Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has denied making any request for a monthly salary of over $135,000.

Negotiations of the terms and conditions of Griffith’s contract are underway at this time.

Speaking with LoopTT, Griffith rubbished the claim made in a newspaper report published on Thursday stating that he did not apply for the top cop position for financial gain.

According to the report, a ‘source’ indicated that the incoming Police Commissioner made a request for a salary sum in the vicinity of over $135,000.00 per month.

Griffith said this information is completely false, adding that it was unfortunate that the information was not verified before being placed in print.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. At no time did I make any such request. I have stated on a number of occasions that I have not offered my services for financial gain.

It would be remiss of me to seek such gain as alluded to in the article, when the servicemen and women acquire salaries that require adjustment.”

He said he is more concerned with ensuring that members of the Police Service receive much needed salary increases.

Griffith said he has submitted a singular offer to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security, which is nowhere in the region of the figure quoted in the article.

Asked when he would be officially assuming duties as Police Commissioner, Griffith said that would be a question for the Ministry to answer as no date has yet been confirmed.

The Ministry on Wednesday assured that the new Commissioner’s terms and conditions will be settled before he assumes office.

Stephen Williams continues to act as Commissioner of Police and is expected to go on vacation leave from 17-30 August, 2018.


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