First-Time Mayor Dives In: Belmopan’s Pablo Cawich’s First Month Report

First-Time Mayor Dives In: Belmopan’s Pablo Cawich’s First Month Report

Recently elected, first-time Mayor for Belmopan, Pablo Cawich is one of the nine municipal leaders who wasted no time in getting his feet wet after the March 6 elections.  Less than 24 hours after victory was declared, Cawich was at City Hall engaging with staff and initiating his familiarization of the council’s business.  With just under 30 days in office, Love News met up with Mayor Cawich to get an official report on his last four weeks at the council.

Pablo Cawich, Mayor, Belmopan City: “The first weeks have been very overloaded. A lot of people have expressed interest and have reached out – by people I mean organizations, embassies have reached out to make that initial contact to see how we can collaborate with one another to move Belmopan forward and to implement some of the plans that we have and also some of the plans that these other organizations might have. That is when it comes to the external or the city itself. When it comes to the internal functions of the council, it was very rough. A lot of the staff expressed frustrations when it comes to vacation. A lot of them expressed that they weren’t able to take vacation previously so they have accumulated a lot of days. We as unionists know the importance of detaching yourself from work for a particular portion of time so that you can get that mental stability. So we agreed to send some of the staff on leave. Some of them had already proceeded on leave when we got here they were already gone. So that full complement of staff was not a luxury that we had. We had to scramble and try and fill gaps where needed but you can’t complain. You put your foot into the ground and you push forward. So that’s what we’ve been doing.”

As it relates to human resources, Mayor Cawich says there has been no termination since he took office.  He explained that there was the filling of existing vacancies.

Pablo Cawich, Mayor, Belmopan City: “To date, we’ve hired mainly people that were positions that were vacant. No one has been terminated from the council that we met here except for one contract that expired I think it was the same week that we got here. The contract expired and the gentleman from our research was already in his retirement age so we did not consider renewing his contract. So no one has been fired and the employments were to fill vacancies.”

There is the matter of Tzalam, the Financial Director who was hired under Mayor Cawich.  We will bring you that story in a newscast to follow.  Additionally, we’ll tell you why Cawich says the council is broke.

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