Police called in at City Hall to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement.
The police are now checking the records of city hall after being sent by the local government ministry to investigate the allegations of financial mismanagement.
Minister of Local Government Ganga Persaud told Capitol News that the Keith Borrowers report was placed into the hands of the police to ascertain if there were any wrong doing on the part of those fingered in the probe. The minister said the outcome of the investigation might not fix the many problems at City Hall.
The council is asking for the officers at the center of the probe to be sent on leave to allow for an independent probe, but the local government minister said that report pointed to what he describe as several deficiencies cutting across all departments of the municipality.
Following an assessment by the Keith Borrowers implementation committee it was discovered that the council had dummy employees on the wage bill, excessive overtime was paid to council workers and there was also evidence of financial irregularities. Minister Persaud wrote the town clerk asking for an explanation, the town clerk replied but the minister was not satisfied.
City mayor Hamilton Green has being complaining about the ministry privately meeting the town clerk and treasurer and side stepping the mayor and council.
For years city hall has been making a pitch to the government to broaden its revenue base to effectively manage the affairs of the city.