Candidates for Central Abaco’s three townships, Marsh Harbour and Spring City, Dundas Town and Murphy Town, took the oath of office in Magistrate’s Court Two on June 30. Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham presided and led the members of the three town committees through the closed process of electing their chairman, deputy chairman and members to represent their towns on the Central Abaco District Council. Those chosen to serve on the Council then met briefly to elect their Chief Councillor and Deputy Chief Councillor. Town Committee Chairmen are automatically assigned a Council seat.
Based on population, the Marsh Harbour Town Committee has nine members of which four are on the District Council. The Dundas Town Committee has seven members of which three go to Council. The Murphy Town Committee also has seven members but sends two members to Council.
Abaco has three Schedule II District Councils: North, Central and South Abaco. Each council meets to apportion the funding that comes from Nassau for the council and the town committees.
Abaco has four Schedule III Councils: Grand Cay, Moore’s Island, Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town. The first three are singular districts governing their island town. The Hope Town District Council is also a Schedule III Council but is comprised of three island settlements: Hope Town, Man-O-War and Guana Cay.
The Central Abaco District Council was sworn in on for a term of three years. They are: Gilbert Davis, Deputy Chief Councillor, Murphy Town; George Cornish, Chief Councillor, Dundas Town; Henry Williams, Councillor, Marsh Harbour; Paul Curry, Councillor, Murphy Town; Tim Roberts, Councillor, Marsh Harbour; Faron Newbold, Councillor, Dundas Town; Masenetic Joseph, Councillor, Spring City; Cecil Ingraham, Councillor, Dundas Town; and Carl Archer, Councillor, Marsh Harbour.