King faces local gov’t commission to answer charges from city inquiry

Town Clerk Royston King arrives for a disciplinary hearing at the Local Government Commission yesterday. (Photo by Terrence Thompson)

Town Clerk Royston King yesterday appeared before the Local Government Commission (LGC) to offer a defence to findings against him, including gross misconduct and abuse of office, stemming from the recent Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the operations of City Hall.

As part of his recommendations, retired Justice Cecil Kennard, who conducted the inquiry at the behest of the LGC, suggested that King “be brought before a disciplinary tribunal… as …he acted outside the scope and intent of the law on several occasions.” Stabroek News approached King both before and after his appearance but he declined to comment “at this time.”

Efforts to reach LGC Chair Mortimer Mingo also proved futile but Commissioner Carol Sooba, who was excluded from the meeting, explained that the hearing was an attempt by the commission to adhere to the precepts of natural justice…..

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