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Parish council takes aim at Councillor Troupe - Ex-deputy mayor could face suspension

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry/Gleaner Writer
Michael Troupe

Western Bureau:

The fate of Michael Troupe, the embattled councillor for the Granville division in the St James Municipal Corporation, who is accused of bringing the corporation into disrepute, could be decided at the organisation's February 8 sitting.

Chairman of the corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, told The Gleaner that the debate on a resolution for punishment, be it a suspension or otherwise, for Troupe, a former deputy mayor of Montego Bay, is highly anticipated

"It is coming up for the next monthly meeting and while I don't know what will be the result of it, I know it will be up for debate," said Davis. "It then might even reach a stage where a vote is called for, and depending on how that vote goes, then that will be the next phase of the resolution," said Davis.

"I cannot pre-empt what the vote will be, but at the end of that session when the vote is called, the results will determine how we go forward," added Davis.

The motion was put on the floor at the previous monthly meeting, requesting that the corporation take action against Councillor Troupe, the minority leader of the People's National Party.

Troupe recently came under the microscope after documents emerged bearing his signature for payment to his former secretary for work done up to October 31, 2017, more than three months after he said she had resigned.

When the former personal assistant's name came up when US border patrol agent in Miami busted a cache of 119 guns and approximately 300 rounds of ammunition destined for Montego Bay, St James, Troupe reported that she had walked off the job some three months earlier.