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Foot being booted? Prison boss post up for grabs

Superintendent of Prison David Foot

By Davion Smith, BVI News Journalist

The government has put Superintendent of Prison David Foot’s job up for grabs and a number of persons are said to be contending for the post.

Foot’s contract is expected to end this year.

Highly-placed sources said while the selection panel has not completely ruled out the possibility of renewing Foot’s contract, at least three persons – including another United Kingdom (UK) national – are being considered for the post.

No locals are being considered, sources further told our news centre.

Meanwhile, government opened applications for the post of Superintendent of Prison last month.

A snippet of the post of Superintendent of Prison being advertised.

Foot has been head of Her Majesty’s Prison for well over two years, and news that his contract may not be renewed follows a number of controversial reports at the state-owned facility.

Under Foot’s leadership, there have been reports that inmates were leaving the prison at night.

Police and the UK military also found a large number of contraband including cellular phones, weapons, and drugs inside prison cells after Hurricane Irma.

The prison boss subsequently came under heavy criticism that he had officers who were enabling inmates.

Efforts to contact the Foot for comment have been unsuccessful.

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