Clifford Blake is now acting Commissioner of Police. Blake a Deputy Commissioner, temporarily replaces George Quallo who stepped down yesterday after nine months in the post.
Early in January, Quallo denied reports that he was leaving the job after being summoned to a meeting with National Security Robert Montague over the embarrassing six-hour traffic gridlock along the Palisadoes stretch on January 1.
At that meeting, sources said the commissioner was told that it was time to examine his options.
The meeting lasted for approximately 10 minutes.
Quallo was expected to retire in August when he turns 60.
This will be the fourth leadership change for the JCF in eight years.
In 2010, Owen Ellington was appointed to replace Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin before suddenly opting for early retirement in 2014.
Ellington's successor, Dr Carl Williams also opted for early retirement and was replaced by Quallo in April last year.
The Police Service Commission has commenced the search for a new Commissioner.
In the meantime, Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Bryan Sykes, took up duties today as acting Chief Justice. He succeeds Justice Zaila McCalla who retired yesterday.