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Feb 14, 2018

Why Administrators of Municipalities Should Be Secure

Darrell Bradley

In respect of controversial renewal of Miller’s four-year contract, Mayor Bradley says that despite not agreeing on whether city administrators and directors fall under the category of C.E.O.s or permanent secretaries, all nine municipalities have agreed to place these officers on contract. 

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“That is something that all nine municipalities have done, that all nine municipalities have put their city and town administrators on contracts.  I think some of their contracts are either three-year of four-year contracts and that’s something that was done as a result of discussions with myself and also with other municipalities and we would have campaigned for that because we recognize the benefit of having a municipal staff and persons who are at the helm of the technical staff who don’t have to worry about losing their jobs.  One of the things that promote corruption is that I could go and I could say, “Okay, I have a contract for you.” and I could fire you upon a month’s notice.  ‘If you noh sign da check go home.”  And the idea with that is that you want to create a public service of the municipality, you want your staff to be tenured.  I’m not saying that the directors or the city administrator should be tenured.  I’m not saying that.  But I am saying that when we did the Municipal Services Regulations we gave the right of tenure to all of our staff.  We omitted directors and for other municipalities who don’t have directors, managers, and the city or town administrator because at the time when we spoke about that the mayors could not agree.  We couldn’t agree on whether or not your city or town administrator or your manager or director, depending if you are a town or a city, whether or not that person should be a P.S.-style [Permanent Secretary] leader or they should be a C.E.O. We still can’t agree but I am saying that I favor the PS model because it was a huge advantage to me to receive Candice when I took office because she would have been able to, I didn’t get any handing over notes, but she would have been able to say, “Mayor, this is the problem that we have.  These are the achievements that we have.  This is what we want to accomplish.  This is the continuity that I can bring to the office.”

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2 Responses for “Why Administrators of Municipalities Should Be Secure”

  1. Paul says:

    City administrators should go out with each election.
    The administration in Benque with Nelly Coyoc has stolen close to
    $100,000 of the towns $$ and the same Mayor’s getting elected keel her there.
    I think it breeds corruption

  2. Al Katyl says:

    In 2006, Zenaida dismissed the Belize City Council City administrator who still have 2 years of contractual obligations. Since 2006 to present, both red mayor replaces approximately 200 employees and sold the people private lots to recover tax and fines.

    In the spirit of keeping a Politically Aligned Workforce, defined by Henry Gordon during a channel 5 interview : the same knife should be use on the goat…Redemption Time Remember!!!

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