Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Former Commander: Bethel Holiday 'Utter Nonsense'

Commodore Tellis Bethel

Deputy Chief Reporter

A former commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force last night dismissed Commodore Tellis Bethel’s enforced leave from the organisation as “utter nonsense”.

Former Commodore Clifford “Butch” Scavella’s criticism came as Bethel’s replacement for his enforced leave - Commander Dr Raymond King - insisted Bethel’s departure would not affect hurricane relief efforts nor other RBDF duties. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has said Dr King’s appointment as acting commander came due to Commodore Tellis Bethel’s accumulation of a large sum for his vacation. The Minnis administration’s policy is not to pay individuals for extended periods of vacation time in such instances.

In this case, while Commodore Bethel is on three months vacation leave, Dr King has been appointed acting commander. The announcement came earlier this month.  Read more >>