Jul 02, 2016 News
Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green on Tuesday, quoted William Shakespeare to members of the Council. “He who steals my purse steals trash and he who steals my good name steals it all.”
She continued, “I will not allow anyone, Councillor or other, to drag my name in the gutters.”
This was in reference to the controversial Mexico-Panama trip that she and three other City Hall officials recently undertook at the invitation of the parking meter company, National Parking Systems (NPS)/ Smart City Solutions. The three other City Hall officials on the trip were Town Clerk Royston King, Finance Committee Chairman Oscar Clarke and Councillor Junior Garrett.
“I have been here since 1994. I have never been called in any form of corruption or anything and they say I’m defiant because I said if you have any information on that take it to the police, but I will continue to say that.”
She reiterated that the Mexico-Panama trip was tabled at a past Statutory meeting and noted that after the team’s departure, persons took the opportunity of alleging corrupt dealings and dragged her name around.
Chase-Green said that it is unfair that within three months of this new Council, of which she is the Mayor, those individuals should cast allegations of corruption.
She furthermore stated that if anyone has a problem as a Councillor, they should deal with it at the Council instead of going to the media with “all sorts of things”.
The Mayor noted that the media is not the place for answers. She said that maybe “You’d get some support from the citizens, but you have to get your answers from the Council.”
Speaking about the reported questioning of Town Clerk Royston King’s teenage daughter by a city Councillor, Chase-Green said that it is “unacceptable for any Councillor to play a CID Detective to investigate into the Town Clerk or any Councillor’s personal life.”
She stressed that to “Invade the Town Clerk’s personal space, his family, his teenage daughter? Come on! How much worse can we get?”
The Mayor continued that after questioning the Town Clerk’s daughter, the individual not getting a satisfactory answer, asked the teenager not to mention to her father that she was questioned.
Chase-Green added that it is unethical and highlighted that as she said at the Statutory Meeting, “The Town Clerk will be taking the necessary actions to address this issue.”
She noted that the best course of action would have been to question the Town Clerk directly or “To write a letter to the Town Clerk and as is decreed by law; the Town Clerk is bound to give an answer.
“I will not sit as Mayor and condone such actions.”
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