Annual report on the Messina Watch
Position: Assistant to the Master Constable of the Watch
Introduction: Verges is a long-standing member of the Messina Watch. He is the assistant to Dogberry the Master Constable. His role is to ensure that the ordinary members of the watch are given their orders and carry out their duties as expected of them.
Strengths: Verges is a reliable member of the watch with many years of service. He is a neighbour of Dogberry the Master Constable so he is always ready to support Dogberry in his work. Verges always stands right alongside the Master Constable and is a truly supportive assistant.
Areas to improve: Like Dogberry, the Master Constable of the Watch, Verges is an older man. It is reported that he is known to be fearful of some of the suspects they have to deal with and he has been suspected of letting some people who should have been arrested make their escape. Verges may not be a strong enough person to have a position leading the Watch.
There are concerns that Verges sometimes simply repeats everything that the Master Constable says. Like Dogberry, Verges often mixes up his words so that the charges he makes to suspects are unclear. When he is presenting a case to The Sexton and to leading citizens like Governor Leonato Verges’s mixed up words are confusing.
Recommendations: Although he has long and valued service it may be time that Verges is replaced by a younger man. It is important that the Watch is led by people who are competent and clear in what they say rather than just relying on long service and experience. Verges could be given a role which is less difficult for him to carry out such as arranging trials and hearings of crimes. This role would help him to improve his use of words to make sure the meaning is correct.