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Apr 30, 2018

New Mayor Questioned Administrator’s Contract and Salary

Candice Miller

During last Thursday’s presentation, Mayor Wagner went on record to state that in spite of all the financial mismanagement taking place at City Hall during the previous term, the city administrator was rewarded with a contract extension which saw a significant increase in her annual salary.  For context, we revisit a portion of that report.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor [File: April 26th, 2018]

“What we found, and we continue again, is that the department increased expenditure with no positive results.  No results at all.  There was a culture of incurring expenditure with no commensurate results, and I go again.  Public relations, this is the PR Department for the council.  Parks and playgrounds together spent four hundred and spent four hundred and six thousand in 2014, six hundred and eighty thousand in 2015, five hundred and eighty-four thousand in 2016 and eight hundred and one thousand in 2017.  Just a continuous, continuous spiral upwards.  Upwards, upwards.  Is this the way we run our business?  Is this the way you would, as a C.E.O., say to the person in charge to task to run your business, I will grant you an extension contract for four more years because you have ran our business in a proper way.  We are pleased with the way you have ran our business, so we will reward you.  We will reward you with a four-year contract.  That is the message that was sent.”

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