After months of constant debate across political lines, former magistrate Kim St Rose has vacated the post of attorney general (AG), having spent her last day on the job on Friday, it has been reported.
The circumstances for her departure were not immediately clear, but her absence will not be missed by the Allen Chastanet administration, as they have repeatedly said it was uncomfortable to work with her.
St. Rose, is the claimant in a case against Chastanet, alleging breach of trust and misfeasance in public office, and became part of his cabinet by default, a civil servant appointed by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
The prime minister had said, “She finds it difficult to give any advice and has offered no advice on that matter.”
St Rose was appointed under the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration and her contract was renewed several months before the June, 2016 election. It was expected to last until 2018.
Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph recently stated that although St Rose sits in regular cabinet meetings, the government was not very confident that she will work in their best interest.
“Do you think she can properly advise the government on how to proceed with legal matters that she brought against current cabinet members in the time of the previous prime minister?” Joseph questioned.
However, Opposition Leader Phillip J. Pierre had called out government for its attack on St. Rose, arguing that the AG does not have to be in a cabinet meeting when political decisions are taken.