Local Government Regional Orientation Sessions With Councillors Began In Kingston

Following the national meetings with recently elected Councillors and the Administrative leadership of all Municipal Councils, which were held in Montego Bay in December, 2016, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie and Ministry officials have started meetings with Councillors on a regional basis, for a series of special orientation sessions.These sessions began January 4 in Kingston, and will continue through much of the first quarter of the calendar year, to February 16, 2017, as shown in the table below.  

These interactive orientation sessions are designed to expose Councillors to the range of duties they must perform as individual representatives of their Divisions, and also, as collective Municipal and civic representatives.  Participants will also be advised about the laws and policies that govern their stewardship, in addition to how they should execute their duties. The sessions involved Minister McKenzie, senior leaders of the Ministry, Contractor General Dirk Harrison, technical experts from the Ministry of Finance and the Public service and the Protocols Office among others.

Minister McKenzie said the timing of the sessions is important. “I had announced the schedule of meetings during the consultations in December, to alert the Municipal Corporations to the scope and intensity of work that we all have to do in 2017. We are starting very early in the new year, to allow all the information that the Councillors require to be fully absorbed, and to have all their questions answered.
This level of training is unprecedented, but it is absolutely vital that we do this, if we are to transform Local Government into the leadership and service delivery powerhouse it most definitely can be, in the shortest possible time.”

Date Municipal Corporations Venue
Regional Orientation Sessions with Councillors
January 4 - 5, 2017 Kingston and St. Andrew
St. Thomas
Knutsford Court Hotel,  Kingston
January 18 - 19, 2017 Manchester
St. Elizabeth
Golf View Hotel, Mandeville, Manchester
January 25 - 26, 2017 Trelawny
St. James
Melia Braco Hotel, Trelawny.
February 1 - 2, 2017 Portland
St. Ann
St. Mary
The Jewel, Dunns River, St. Ann.
February 15 - 16, 2017 St. Catherine
National Police College, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine