Councillor for the Montego Bay North Division in St. James, Leeroy Williams, is the new Mayor of the Second City.
He was installed at a special sitting of the St. James Municipal Corporation at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, James, on Sunday, September 13.
Mr. Williams, who will also serve as Chairman of the Municipal Corporation, replaces Mr. Homer Davis, who stepped down from the post after being elected to the House of Representatives in the September 3 general election.
Mr. Davis, who is now Member of Parliament for St. James Southern, also performed the symbolic robing of the new Mayor, which marks the transition of leadership.
Councillor for the Montego Bay South Division, Richard Vernon, was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor.
In his address as Mayor, Councillor Williams said he is humbled by the confidence placed in him by his colleagues to serve as head of the Municipal Corporation.
The Mayor emphasised that he is committed to helping to push the agenda of development and prosperity for the citizens of St. James, adding that he will do so “transparently, unbiased, within the laws of the country and the rules and regulations of the Local Governance Act of 2016.”
“I pledge to serve the people of Montego Bay and Jamaica faithfully, with all of my energy, with all of my heart, mind and soul,” he added.
The Mayor said he will not “reinvent the wheel” regarding plans for the development of the city of Montego Bay and, by extension, the wider St. James, but will build on the work started by his predecessor.
Chief among those plans are the finalisation of the sale of the five-hectare Bogue Industrial Estate property and the acquisition of lands adjacent the Municipal Corporation building on Union Street to construct a multi-storey car park to address the issue of traffic congestion in town of Montego Bay.
Meanwhile, Mr. Davis, who served as Councillor for the Cambridge Division for 13 years, said he is pleased that during his tenure as head of the corporation, he managed to lead the mission of raising the standard of the corporation.
“During my time as Councillor, I saw where the public’s trust and respect for the corporation took several hits and had been viewed in a negative light and as such, I thought it fit to attempt a rescue mission and today (September 13) I can proudly say, mission accomplished,” he said.
Mr. Davis has been named to serve as State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.