Michael Troupe Suspended from St James Municipal Corporation


Controversial Councilor for the Granville Division in St. James, the PNP’s Michael Troupe, has been suspended from the St. James Municipal Corporation for 3-months.

Troupe was suspended today after a vote on a motion to sanction him for bringing the council into disrepute. The motion was moved by Councillor for the Montego Bay West Division, the JLP’s David Brown.

Eleven JLP Councilors voted in favor of the motion, while four PNP Councilors voted against it. Councilor Brown says the motion was just.

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Mr. Troupe, who’s a former Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, has had run-ins with the law. He’s been freed of several criminal charges which he has faced over the past few years.

Those charges included assault, illegal possession of firearm, murder and lottery scamming. Late last year Troupe again found himself in trouble with the St. James Municipal Corporation. This, after a document emerged which raised questions about whether he approved a payment to his former secretary for work purportedly done up to October 31 last year.

Mr. Troupe’s name and a signature appeared on the document.

Before the document came to public attention, Troupe was quoted in the print media as saying his former secretary had stopped working for him, effective the first week of that month.

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