Manchester, St Mary council managers trade places

Alicia Sutherland

Thursday, January 02, 2014    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Christopher Powell, who has held the position as secretary/manager of the Manchester Parish Council for the last year, is being tarnsferred to the St Mary Parish Council, Mayor Brenda Ramsay confirmed on Monday.

Powell is reportedly trading places with David Parkes, who is slated to take up office in Mandeville today.

Ramsay said that due to the exigencies of the service transfer is a natural procedure for secretary/managers.

She sought to dispel rumours that Powell was leaving for political reasons.

"The Public Service Commission -- which manages public sector appointments and transfers -- is a professional body.... I have never heard Mr Powell speak one way or the other. It's not a political office that he has," she said.

Powell could not be immediately reached for a comment.

The 15-member Manchester Parish Council is controlled by the ruling People's National Party.





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