Williams as Kingston Mayor, Ennis his deputySunday, December 04, 2016
Senator Delroy Williams, who represents the Seivwright Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), is expected to be sworn in as the new Mayor of Kingston later this week.
The new deputy mayor is expected to be the former minority leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillors in the KSAC, Winston Ennis, who represents the Waterloo Division.
Williams, one of six debaters used by the JLP in the recent pre-local government election public debates, was appointed a senator after the party’s victory at the polls on February 25. However, he has been representing the Seivwright Gardens Division of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s St Andrew West Central constituency since 2003.
Williams was also recently appointed executive director of the JLP’s Belmont Road headquarters, which places in charge of operations at the office. However, speculation is that he might have to give up one of his appointments to make space for his mayorship.
Ennis, whose Waterloo Division is in Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck’s St Andrew North Eastern constituency, has also been elected consecutively since 2003 and had been minority leader for the JLP in the KSAC since June 2014.
The last JLP mayor of the KSAC is current Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie, who served as mayor between 2003 and 2011. He left the corporation to successfully challenge for the Western Kingston seat, formerly held by Bruce Golding, and was replaced by Councillor Lee Clarke who still represents the Whitehall Division in the corporation.
Willliams has consistently pushed for structural changes to the Corporate Area, including the upgrading of the Riverton dump, and increased funding for road improvements from motor vehicle licence revenues.
The final results for the KSAC seats in the November 28 Local Government Elections show the JLP the winner by 21-19 divisions. The PNP had threatened a magisterial recount after losing in the final, but the Jamaica Observer understands that no request has been made for the recount.
Williams and Ennis were selected at a JLP KSAC caucus last week.
— Balford Henry