Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019. 7:39 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Commissioner of Police, Chester Willimas, said today that he is confident the Supreme Court will rule in his favor in his ongoing legal battle with Eldon Arzu, Chairman of the Police Association.
Williams said that he is convinced the court will find whatever decision he made with respect to Arzu within the powers of discretion given to the Commissioner of Police. He stressed today that his confidence is rooted in the fact that he is exercising his legal authority to make the necessary changes to the Police Association for the benefit of the officers concerned. He also said that the changes he made stems from a need for accountability from Chairman Arzu, who has not produced audited financials for the association in six years.
“If you know that you are running the affairs of the association accounts in such a way that is lawful, and you’re not doing anything illegal, then why are you afraid to submit an audit of the accounts?” Williams asked. “It is incumbent upon him to ensure that he account to the members of the association as well as to the Commissioner…as to the situation of the association accounts.
Williams said that paying members of the association have been asking for an account of their monthly contributions, and as Commissioner, he needs to have an answer for them. He also said that Arzu’s refusal to give in a report to the last ComPol when asked to do so was disrespectful, and he will not stand for disrespect.
Last week, the elected members of the Police Association’s board of management issued a public statement saying that Arzu was not legally authorized to attach the association as the second claimant on the legal claim, and called on him to remove the association from it.
The case will be heard on May 6.
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