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No confidence motion against Morant Bay Mayor withdrawn

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2013 | 7:24 PM

Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer

A no confidence motion, tabled against Morant Bay Mayor Marsha Francis was today withdrawn at the monthly meeting of the St Thomas Parish Council.

No reason was given for the withdrawal.

The motion was tabled on July 3 by councillor Hubert Williams of the White Horses division.

The motion sought to remove Francis as mayor, citing increasing dissatisfaction with her style of administration and leadership.

Several councillors have, in recent weeks, expressed support for the motion, as they say they have found the mayor to be high-handed and undiplomatic.

Colin Fagan, junior minister in the Ministry of Local Government, was also present at the council meeting today to observe the proceedings.

Mayor Francis, through a letter sent to the council, has stated that she will be on leave of absence for the next two months, and will not resume duties until September 10.

In the interim, Deputy Mayor Ludlow Matthieson, will act.

The councillors are expected to go into retreat in August, and as such, all Parish Council meetings will be suspended.


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