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Oct 16, 2019

What’s Going on with the Compensation for Candice Miller?

About a week and a half ago, former City Administrator Candice Miller won a case against the City Council for wrongful termination. The current P.U.P. administration believes that Miller was derelict in her duties in three instances back in 2018 when there was a changing of the guard at City Hall. Miller was first suspended and then sent home. But the court ruled that she was wrongfully terminated and awarded her approximately four hundred and forty thousand dollars in compensation and costs of court. It is money that the city council says it does not have to spare and the twenty-one days in which an appeal can be filed is fast approaching. So will they appeal the decision of the court or make the hefty payment to Miller? That’s what we asked Mayor Bernard Wagner today.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“Our attorneys are ensuring and dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s to ensure that if we do go that route, that we do have a winnable case. And so we have, I believe, twenty-one days to file that appeal. We will take our time in ensuring that we make the right decision. But at the end of the day, any decision that is made will be again about the people. The people will be the force behind us and any decision that is made…”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, if the decision made is to take the route to actually compensate Miss Miller, where is the council in terms of its finances to be able to pay close to half a million dollars?”

 

Bernard Wagner

“Again, that is a long way from here, my good friend. It is a long way. I have not even contemplated that area there.”


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