CITY HALL TO ASK HIGH COURT TO QUASH LGC DECISION TO BAR EMPLOYMENT OF STAFF

Mayor of Georgetown Pandit Ubraj Narine and acting Town Clerk Sherry Jerrick are not too pleased with a decision by the Local Government Commission (LGC) to not approve the employment of several persons to fill vacancies within the Municipality.

As such, Mayor Narine and the acting Town Clerk are now asking the High Court to reverse the decision of the LGC. In September, 2020, the Special Human Resources Management Committee of Mayor Narine recommended to the LGC that the following persons be employed.

They are: Sherwin Benjamin as Town Clerk; Samuel Parris as Assistant Town Clerk; John Douglas as City Treasurer; Danielle Anthony as Legal Officer, Kabila Hollingsworth as Deputy City Engineer and Lyndon Scott as Supervisor Building Inspection.

However, in the letter dated October 22, 2020 the LGC’s Secretary informed the acting Town Clerk that the Commission did not approve the recommended persons. Attorneys-at-Law Roysdale Forde and Olayne Jerrick, who are representing Mayor Narine and Jerrick, are contending that the decision of the LGC is bad in law and unreasonable having regard to the evidence.

The LGC had wrote to Jerrick urging her to follow the Method of Employment procedure regarding the recruitment process for filling the abovementioned vacancies. In the letter, LGC however remined that it would be the observer of the procedure for the appointments.

According to her, on October 09, 2020, she wrote to Chairman of the LGC, Mortimer Mingo
requesting that the LGC approve the recommendations made by the Special Human Resources Management Committee of the Mayor for the above-mentioned individuals to be employed in the respective vacant positions.

But in a subsequent letter, the LGC informed Jerrick that it did not approve the recommended persons.

Mayor Narine and the acting Town Clerk Jerrick are asking the High Court to grant an Order setting aside the decision made of the LGC. In the alternative, they are requesting an Order compelling the Local Government Commission to consider and approve the recommendations. They are asking the court to grant such further and or other Order as may be deemed just and Costs.

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