The Castries Constituencies Council, formerly recognised as the Castries City Council, inaugurated Shirley Lewis as the new mayor of Castries.
The inauguration ceremony was held on the December 14, 2012 at the City Hall. This ceremony held particular significance as the previous day, December 13 marked the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the Castries City Corporation.
As mayor of Castries, Lewis is the chief executive administrative officer in charge of carrying out the policies set by the Council and seeing that these polices, regulations and local laws are enforced.
According to Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment, the Honourable Harold Dalson, part of the mayor’s new duties would also be to facilitate the delivery of services to her constituency and spearhead initiatives that seek to engender a healthy co-existence with corporate organisations and the general populace while guiding the Council in its normal course of deliberations.
“I wish to challenge you Madam Mayor and as you chart the way forward for your constituencies to take stock of the service delivery programs and engage your communities in continuing the struggle for a better life for your constituents. This government attaches a high premium and development of a growing economy in the creation of decent work, sustainable livelihood for our people and in that regard we urge you to seek creative ways to help us achieve that mandate.”
A native of Barbados, Lewis is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.
In the span of her career, Lewis spent time as the deputy registrar of the Supreme Court of Barbados and has participated in various organisations.
For her part, Lewis addressed her appreciation to council and to Minister Dalson.
“I would like to express our appreciation to the Honourable Harold Dalson as the minister responsible for local government under whose jurisdiction we fall. Members of the Council thank you for you consistent readiness, listening to our various complaints and even more importantly for attempting to respond favourably to our requests with respect of financial short falls. We also look forward to the continued cooporation of other members of parliament, who represent the Castries Basin constituencies.”
Lewis is included in a long line of notable mayors such as Peter Foster, Julian R Hunte and the first mayor appointed after the establishment of the Castries City Corporation in 1967, Joseph Desir.