In a bizarre twist of events at City Hall on Monday during its statutory meeting, Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Greene, after allowing a no-confidence motion against Town Clerk, Royston King to make the agenda for voting yesterday, swallowed her decision and block the motion from being advanced.
The Mayor noted her decision to block the motion was based on advise being sought by the husband of a sitting Councilor, Noelle Chow Chee, Maxwell Edwards. Edwards was a former Magistrate. Mr. Edwards’s services as a lawyer were not secured by City Hall, it was only an opinion that was sought by King about the no-confidence motion being brought to the Council by Councilor and former Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan.
Noelle Chow Chee
According to the advice given by the Attorney, if the motion is passed, it will be of no legal effect and the Town Clerk cannot be disciplined by the City Council because it has no power. The advice further states that the Local Government Commission has the right to discipline the Town Clerk. Those penalties would include, fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment and such like.
Mr. Edwards also noted that Mr. Duncan is not a member of the Commission and therefore cannot discipline the Town Clerk.
In responding to the turn of events yesterday, Duncan noted that he finds it strange that even before the motion was being read at the Council, an advice was sought by the Town Clerk and read by the Mayor. He further noted that he finds it strange that an advice would be accepted by the Mayor from the husband of a sitting Councilor. The former Deputy Mayor called the actions a slap in the face of local democracy.
Duncan went on to state that the motion is a no-confidence motion that it never called for the removal of the Town clerk nor his suspension. He stated that the motion did not call for disciplinary actions to be brought against the Town Clerk.
Mr. Duncan noted that he will be seeking legal advice in the matter.