History of Local Government
Jamaica has had a formal system of Local Government since 1962-1963 when the Vestry System was introduced by Governor Sir Thomas Modyford. This system was simular to the form of Local Government that existed in England. The vestry system consisted of ten (10) men and two (2) church wardens who were elected from the Lay Magistrate and the Clergy of the particular parish. They had the responsibility of maintaining public order and to collect taxes for the maintenance of the churches, the poor and destitute and roadways and bridges which existed at the time.
Source:: History of Local Government