MacMillan new Security Minister
Former Police Commissioner, Colonel Trevor MacMillan, has confirmed that he has been approached to take over the hot seat as the new Minister of National Security.
Colonel MacMillan said he was elated when he was approached for the job, and that he is looking forward to going back to the senate.
Sources said the decision to replace Derrick Smith as Security Minister was finalised at a meeting on Saturday, which was attended by Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The final details on the appointment are to be announced at today’s Cabinet meeting.
It is likely that a Government senator will be asked to resign so that Colonel MacMillan can be appointed to the Upper House and thereby take up the ministerial appointment.
When he was named commissioner of police in 1993, politicians and civic leaders agreed that Colonel MacMillan was the right man for the job.
MacMillan resigned from the post in 1996 but has maintained his ties with several groups such as Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ).
During his tenure he was consistent in his call for a larger police force, which he said, would help reduce crime.
Colonel MacMillan who now operates a private security firm supports more liberal gun laws.
His appointment once effected will come only eight months after the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) was elected to government.