September 25, 2016

No-Confidence Motion passed against Linden Town Clerk

… Councillor expresses further disappointment

BY UTAMU BELLE

The affairs of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) continued to be in limbo this

LM&TC Councillor Gordon Callender

LM&TC Councillor Gordon Callender

week, following the passing of a no confidence motion by Councillors last week, against its Town Clerk (TC) Jenella Bowen.
Speaking with this newspaper recently, LM&TC Councillor Gordon Callender, who initiated the motion, said there are numerous issues regarding the manner in which the TC operates, and continues to operate even after the motion was passed.
Speaking on behalf of the Council, he said there has been even more disappointment as he alleged that Bowen has since refused to release several letters of permission to residents of which she has been in receipt of. He expressed further concern, opining that the actions of the TC is not in the best interest of the future Council.
“Last Wednesday we had our statutory meeting and at that meeting I moved a motion to suspend the standing order… I moved a next motion, which is a no confidence motion against the Town Clerk whom to my mind is very incompetent…”, Callender stated.
He added that letters have already been sent to relevant authorities, including the Regional Chairman Renis Morian and the Ministry of Communities regarding the issue.
Adding to the present scenario of the Council, Callender further related that on Monday he received a notice to attend an “extra ordinary” meeting at the Council on Tuesday and upon arrival was shocked to see that Bowen was sitting at the meeting. While he stated that he was unaware as to who had summoned the meeting he noted that Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairman Orrin Gordon was not in attendance. The meeting was subsequently called off as time had elapsed owing to the fact that there was no one to chair it.
“As a Councillor, I would have held my ground that I would not be sitting with the Town Clerk after a no confidence motion was moved against her.
She still turned up at that meeting… I decided that I’m not going into that parlour if the TC is there so I brought my things outside.
Subsequently to that I noticed other Councillors coming outside because the Chairman did not turn up for that meeting… the minutes I collect wasn’t signed anybody, so I don’t know what kind of disrespectful things going on in this place”, Callender stated.
According to him, he then learned that the meeting was called to discuss general matters. The motion against the TC came following her decision not to rescind disciplinary letters against two of the Council’s employees.
Gordon had stated that the matter is a trivial one, adding that Bowen engaged in the action against the employees while she was on sick leave which, according to him, meant she was technically off the job.
The TC has since refused to comment on the issue.

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