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'We knew he was capable of great things' – declare George Quallo’s proud parents

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AMPaul Clarke
George and Myrtle Quallo beaming with pride at their home in King Weston in rural St Andrew, following Monday's news of their son George Jr's appointment as commissioner of police.
A photo of George Quallo in his early days in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Mt Carmel Baptist Church in King Weston, St Andrew, which newly appointed Commissioner of Police George Quallo attended as a young man and still attends to this day.
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It comes as no surprise to Myrtle and George Quallo Sr that their son, George Fitzroy Quallo, has been appointed to lead the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the capacity of commissioner.

In fact, the proud parents expected no less, having raised him a God-fearing, respectable and humble individual.

"We are not surprised at all; no man," declared a radiant Myrtle. "Being as humble as he is and respected, it was just a matter of time."

The newly appointed top cop attended the King Weston All-Age School in the hills of deep rural St Andrew, and later, the Oberlin High. Today, he is still spoken of as a great mind and a loving personality.

Mother Quallo said his formative years were like any other "country" boy, as he loved playing marbles and having a good laugh with those around him.

"He was a very jovial and keen young man, who had some passions, including his love for bikes and general respect for people," beamed the proud mom.

 

RESPECT FOR RULE AND DECENCY

 

Myrtle said it was never lost on the young George the importance of developing a good rapport with community members, a trait she said would auger well in his new role as police commissioner.

"Did we expect great things of him? Why not? He has always shown that he genuinely cares for people and when he decided to join the police force immediately after leaving Oberlin school, we supported him fully because that was what he wanted," she told The Gleaner at their King Weston home in St Andrew.

George Jr attended the Mt Carmel Baptist Church as a young man and still frequents the church whenever he visits his boyhood community, a dedication, his mother said, which was born out of his respect for rule and decency.

Named after his father, he is the first of seven children - four boys and three girls - for both parents.

He was appointed the JCF's 29th police commissioner on Monday, having enlisted in the force in 1976.

The 58-year-old takes over the leadership from Dr Carl Williams, who opted for early retirement in January.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com