Region Nine REO replaced

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Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan is disputing reports in some sections of the media that the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Nine, Carl Parker is still on the job.

Minister Bulkan on Tuesday said that Parker who was on February 09, 2017 charged in the Georgetown Magistrates’ court, with sexual assault against one of the region’s elected officials, has been off the job for over one week. He also disclosed that a replacement REO has since been installed.

Kerwin Ward, formerly of the Region Three Administration has assumed the responsibility of acting REO of the Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo region, Minister Bulkan said.

Ward has been with the Region Three Administration for over 20 years, and his last substantial position within the Region Three office was field auditor.

Later that evening, Minister Bulkan had informed the media that following the institution of the charge against Parker, he would be interdicted from duty with immediate effect.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, later confirmed the removal of Parker during the legal process by the Communities Ministry, during a press conference.

However, reports from members of the community, the Regional Chairman Brian Allicock, and sections of the media, stated that Parker was still on the job. (Modified from GINA)

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