Yesterday (8th of December) saw the swearing in of a new slate of councilors to administer the affairs of the Parish of St. Elizabeth, at the St. Elizabeth Parish Council in Black River. The new council is headed by Mayor of Black River Derrick Sangster and Deputy Mayor,Albert Williams of the Southfield Divison. The Jamaica Labour Party(JLP) won back the council in the recently concluded Local government elections held on the 28th of November. They hold a 9-6 majority in the council. In Southwest St.Elizabeth the JLP swept three out of Four Division, including the PNP stronghold of Brompton.
The Ceremony was poorly organized by the outgoing PNP led council, leading to problems with an audio system that wasn’t working for quite awhile, even during the swearing in of all Councillors. When the sound issues where eventually sorted out the Microphone started giving trouble. At one point it got so bad during the speech by MP Floyd Green, persons watching on a Flat Screen TV, on the outside started calling for the Mike be unplugged.
The new slate of Councillors sworn in includes a number of young faces, including the new Councillor for the Brompton Division, the JLP`s Whitney Smith, Richard Solomon of the New Market Division, Christopher Williams of the Santa Cruz Division, Deputy Mayor Albert “Powder” Williams of the South-field Division. Some of the Older Councillors returning were Former Mayor and Councillor for the Pedro Plains Division, Jeremy Palmer and current Mayor Derrick Sangster of the Mountainside Division.
The new Mayor, Mr. Derrick Sangster, in his address to the new Councils, said his administration has no time for complacency. He vowed to pay attention to the Town of Black River, in order to get it going as a Tourism Destination.
Watch his entire address to the Council below.