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Clarendon Parish Council widens double-salary probe
2013-06-14 08:39:27 | (0 Comments)
Horace Fisher/Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Scean Barnswell – File
Chairman of the Clarendon Parish Council, Scean Barnswell says efforts are underway to ascertain if the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor at the centre of a double-salary probe was duly nominated for the 2007 and 2012 local government elections.
The name of the councillor has not been revealed, but it’s understood that between 2007 and 2012 she collected about $14.5 million in salaries and emoluments from the Clarendon Parish Council as well as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
Under Government guidelines, a civil servant cannot collect two salaries from the State.
At yesterday’s sitting of the Council, Mayor Barnswell said he is in discussion with the returning officer for South West Clarendon to determine if the councillor was duly nominated for the contested elections, adding that the parish council act prohibits persons from running for elected office while employed in the government services.
The ministries of local government and labour and social security have been probing the matter.
Barnwell says documentation shows that the councillor had indicated to the Labour and Social Security Ministry that she would have foregone the salary from the Council but she did not do so.
He told yesterday’s council meeting that if the JLP councillor is found guilty of fraud, the council will have no other choice but to call in the police.
The JLP, has said there is no issue as the embattled councillor was not a member of the civil service and was only contracted to the Labour and Social Security Ministry.
JLP’s General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang says the party is awaiting an opinion from its legal team.
People's National Party councillor for the Kellits division, Anthony O'Connor, has called for the councillor to resign.
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