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Mayor Wagner speaks on Micah’s leaving the Deputy post in rear view

Yesterday, we reported that PUP City Councilman, Micah Goodin resigned as the Deputy Mayor of Belize City. His resignation ends a weeks-long melodrama in the wake of a shooting on Newtown Barracks, an incident which saw a shadow councillor being injured. According to Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, the caucus of councillors agreed unanimously to accept Goodin’s resignation.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: “Out of that caucus, the councillors essentially ratified Micah Goodin’s resignation letter that he sent to us late yesterday evening and we had to ratify it, obviously that he was the sitting Deputy Mayo and they unanimously ratified it and accepted his resignation as Deputy Mayor.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Did Goodin give a reason for his resignation or is it that he bowed to the demands from the council and yourself? 

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: “No, he essentially resigned on his own accord. That letter was sent to myself late yesterday evening. The thing is here that our council is really satisfied with the results but we remain focussed and we want to move ahead rather than look behind. There’s a lot of work to be done for the city. The residents of the city don’t want to hear about any squabble in the internal politics of the organisation. The residents of the city want us to serve them. They are not interested in any squabble. They want you to be fighting for them. They want you to fight for better streets. They want you to fight for better drainage. They want better quality of life and our squabble really does not concern the residents of the city. It gave us an opportunity, obviously all the members of the council including myself. The past two weeks have been very tense but now it gives us the opportunity to really look within ourselves as human beings and strategize on the way forward. Looking ahead, not looking backward but really focussing on delivering for the residents of Belize City.” 

Love News asked the Mayor about the tension that has been left following the ultimatum the council gave Goodin: resign or be removed. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: But, it’s not like the council gave Goodin an option. It was either resign or be removed. You placed Goodin between a rock and a hard place. Shouldn’t he be given another chance? I mean, the Prime Minister spoke highly of him.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: “Yeah and the people, the people will give him that opportunity. We can’t remove him as a council member. The people decided that and so we leave it up to the people.”

Wagner today confirmed that Allan Pollard will return as Deputy Mayor; however, since he and Pollard leave for Kigali (kuh-gaa-lee), Rwanda, councilwoman Stephanne (stef-ann) Hamilton will act as Mayor until Wagner returns on Saturday.