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Belize City Council extends staff tenure

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During an interview in Belize City today Mayor Darrell Bradley said that the Belize City Council has been working on securing the tenure of its staff since with the security of tenure the Belize City Council will be able to attract more qualified persons.

Darrell Bradley – Mayor of Belize City

“This is part of our reforming of the municipal staff so that this is not something that only the Belize City Council did all city councils and town councils throughout our nine municipalities. One of the things our staff have been campaigning on is that they should be given the right of tenure. One of the things the Municipal Services Regulation is we formed a committee which comprised of the Mayor of Belize City, the Mayor of Belmopan, the Mayor of Orange Walk. We had intense discussions about this including with legal persons and our technical staff, we raised it quite extensively and we put together a document which all of us signed off on which gave the right of tenure to all of our staff members; the only thing we could not agree with on that time would be what would be the status of the City Administrator and directors and managers so that it would have been my view at that time that the Municipal Services Regulation should have included every staff member including the City Administrator because one of the things that I’m very pleased with is that I came to the City Council and I inherited a City Administrator and I will leave the City Council and I will leave that very same person there and I think that that is the way it should be. We continue to have this debate in terms of the Chief Executive Officer vs a permanent secretary; I believe that the public service including the public service of the municipality should be 100% immune from politics and that person, the staff including the head of the staff, should be somebody how receives incoming mayors, who provide technical assistance, who provide guidance and who runs the operational structure of the City Council including hiring, firing, discipline, policy implementation and so forth and the City Council deals with the political leadership, the strategic leadership and oversight functions so that one of the important things that I’ve emphasized is that there should be a separation between what the council does and what the staff does.”

Bradley said that this was done in an effort to develop the public service of the municipality.

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