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Gilmore plans to focus on training the unemployable

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Fifty-four-year-old Desmond Gilmore, councillor for the Lime Hall division in North East St Ann, is the new mayor of St Ann's Bay.

Gilmore is a building contractor who also rents heavy-duty equipment.

He entered representational politics in 2007 when he won the Lime Hall division for the People's National Party in the local government elections.

In the March 2012 polls, he retained his seat by defeating the Jamaica Labour Party's Genevor Gordon.

According to Gilmore, his main focus will be on training and certification of persons for the job market as there are lots of persons who are unemployed because they are unemployable.

The issues of squatting and poor road conditions are also high on his agenda.

"We must get to the point where we recognise that it's not about us (councillors). It is about the needs and expectations of the people out there.

"If we keep that at the centre and core of our decisions then we cannot go wrong. We are servants, we must deliver quality service and on time," declared Gilmore during his swearing in last Thursday.