Verne Garde, the former Director of Corrections for Bordelais Correctional Facility in St Lucia is the confirmed appointee for Superintendent of Prisons in Balsam Ghut.
Garde has been appointed on a two-year contract that will officially begin on July 2.
However, the St Lucian must undergo a six-month probationary period, government has said.
Governor Augustus Jaspert – who shares responsibility for the prison with government minister Myron Walwyn – appointed Garde under the advisement of the Public Service Commission.
As the new prison boss, Garde will also serve as government’s Chief Advisor on all matters pertaining to prison management and rehabilitation.
He succeeds David Foot whose contract ended on June 5.
Minister Walwyn gave no response to questions in relation who is and will continue to run the prison during the transition period of June 5 to July 2.
In the meantime, Garde is said to have 23 years of experience in criminal justice.
He has served in various units of the Royal St Lucia Police Force including, Beat and Patrol, Drug Unit, and the Central Intelligence Unit. Garde has also served as Inspector of Police, and Head of Special Branch.
Garde was head of his home country’s adult penitentiary for three years.
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