PETERSON Francis has been reappointed Mayor of Castries, but has not yet accepted the position.
Francis yesterday admitted to The Voice that he has “yet to respond” to the letter from Local Government Minister, Senator Fortuna Belrose, appointing him the position which he first assumed in August 2016 and which by law ended in August of this year.
He promised to go into more details at another time on why his hesitancy to accept the appointment at this time.
He also did not say anything that may lead to speculation regarding his apparent disinclination to accept the position.
Needless to say, aside from a few wrangles with the executive of the Vendors Association, especially with its president Peter ‘RasIpa’ Isaac between 2016 and 2018, and a major cold shoulder period three months ago with Belrose over a ministerial review of the Castries Constituencies Council operations, which included that of the mayor’s office, Francis’ stewardship for his first two-year term had garnered rave reviews from a wide cross section of the society.
His revamping of the city constabulary to one of visibility and efficiency, his diligence to bring respect, dignity and beauty to the City of Castries – particularly its main shopping areas through the upholding of the city’s ordinances and his keenness to the redevelopment of the wider Castries area, his constant call to vendors to raise their level by first viewing themselves as micro business people rather than just roadside vendors and a list of other achievements under his belt had made Francis a popular mayor within the city.
A man not afraid to speak his mind, Francis was first caretaker of the Castries Central Constituency for the ruling United Workers Party, but stepped back to allow Sarah Flood-Beaubrun to contest the constituency, which she won in 2016.
His delay in accepting the mayoral position is indeed interesting — somewhat out-of-the-ordinary, but worthy of note.