The crow footing of the Belize City Council’s assets continued yesterday by a court bailiff who has been action on an order of a writ of execution. The execution has to do with the three hundred and seventy-eight thousand dollars plus seventy thousand for legal fees granted to Candice Miller. Miller’s employment was terminated as City Manager shortly after Mayor Bernard Wagner took office. She sued the council which brings us to today’s situation. Love News spoke with Mayor Wagner who says that his actions against Miller was based on principle.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We had applied for the appeal on Monday and the stay of execution was completed yesterday so we are now awaiting a date for hearing of the stay. Our attorneys are saying that they don’t anticipate it until around the 26th -27th so clearly that will pose some challenges for us going forward. Monday we were really taken aback when the marshals came to the office they had first proposed in the area of $50,000 to be met on Monday and after that they said ‘listen we said we could give you a letter of undertaking saying we would meet that $50,000 this coming Tuesday’ and they had agreed and after during the same course of the day they retracted that and said they wanted the $50,000 today. So I’m hoping that we and the attorneys on both sides could work out something, we know that we have to respect the ruling of the court but we do have an appeal filled and we do have a stay of the execution of the writ filed as well. So we are looking forward that both principals, Mrs.Miller and her attorney as well as our attorney will get together and work out something so that we don’t be back and forth in respect to this matter. We are hoping that within today and tomorrow and by the end of this week we should be able to come up with some sort of arrangement going forward.”
Reporter: When you look back on it – they always say hindsight is 20/20 vision – so when you look back in it was it worth it?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “From a principles standpoint it is worth it. We know at the end of the day that our fight is a just cause, our cause is just. We believe that even if at the end of the day that the court rules and we must pay we will respect the ruling of the court but we want to have this matter be a cause that no future mayor or no future government can dictate who will be a city administrator for an incoming or a new council. That is the cause, that is the fight.”
Love News understands that the court bailiff has been to City Hall and the Works Department to crowfoot their office assets and heavy machinery. We will keep following this story.