SourceTM can confirm that the Dr. Terrance Drew-led administration has identified Superintendent James Sutton as the successor to Chief of Police Hilroy Brandy who has served in the post since October 2018 and was officially appointed one year later.
The 54-year-old Sutton who hails from Sandy Point on St. Kitts has spent in excess of 30 years in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF), commencing his service in 1989.
Sutton had been the Head of the White-Collar Crime Unit of the RSCNPF in January 2019 when he was transferred to Division C – Nevis. At the time of the transfer, then-Inspector Sutton was said to be leading investigations into separate money laundering allegations involving then-ministers in the Timothy Harris-led administration, Linsday Grant and Jonel Powell. The alleged money laundering incidents preceded the elections to public office of both Grant and Powell who were partners at the law firm Grant & Powell.
Sutton was subsequently promoted to the rank of Superintendent and given command of Division C in March 2021.
The official installation ceremony of James Sutton as new Commissioner and Chief of Police of St. Kitts and Nevis is to take place on Thursday February 23, 2023, at The Warner Park Football Stadium, under the auspices of the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Terrance Drew.
It must be noted that appointments in the Civil Service are ultimately made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Public Service Commission (PSC).