NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clarence Reckley has allegedly been forced to retire, according to Progressive Liberal Party leader, Phillip Brave Davis.
ACP Reckley is the husband of former Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley, who was recently charged with money laundering offences and defrauding the urban renewal small homes repair programme in Grand Bahama, of over $1.2 million.
At a press conference at the party’s headquarters on Tuesday, Davis alleged that the Commissioner of Police received a directive from the Office of the Prime Minister, asking ACP Reckley to take his vacation then retire.
Eyewitness News understands, however, that Reckley was expected to retire in 2022, and according to Davis, Reckley is being victimized.
“The conduct of the government lends truism to the fact that this is what they do, as indicated,” Davis said. “I am not aware of any complaints about the services provided by ACP Reckley, in respect to the discharge of his duties as a police officer and just to tell him to do this [retire] without notice, anyone would understand what this is.”
Michelle Reckley, a campaign manager of the PLP who was appointed head of the Urban Renewal Program in Grand Bahama in 2012 under the Christie administration, was accused of defrauding the government of $1,255,637.83 through the Urban Renewal Small Homes Repair program in Grand Bahama; laundering $317,822.48; attempting to launder $172,646.18; extorting $71,062.18 and participating in $230,000 worth of corruption transactions among the named defendants.
She is currently on $9,000 bail.
Attempts to confirm Reckley’s early retirement with the top brass of the Royal Bahamas Police Force proved futile.