On Monday parliament was presented with the name of Harold Phillip but government rejected the nominee saying he did not apply for the post.
Speaking on the Afternoon Drive programme on i95.5fm on Tuesday, Dr Rowley said he is sticking to the merit list.
He says it is the law.
Dr. Rowley also explained that the delay in the appointment of a Police Commissioner is having a ripple effect on the entire service.
Stephen Williams has been acting in the post since August 7th 2012.