New Panama City Mayor Says About 1,000 Positions Are “Unjustified”

New Panama City Mayor Says About 1,000 Positions Are “Unjustified”

Monday, January 16 2012 @ 11:20 AM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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The mayor of Panama City Roxana Mendez expressed her concern this Monday morning, 16 January 2012, over the large number of unjustified positions within the municipality. Mendez said after she was elected as the Vice Mayor and went to work in the municipality after the elections of 2009, there were a total of 3,000 employees working for the city’s government. She said of those, about 1,000 employees worked for the (now defunct) Municipal Directorate of Urban and Household Cleanliness (DIMAUD) (garbage collection.) Now that she has returned to work as the new Mayor of Panama City following the resignation of Bosco Vallarino last week, she discovered there are still more than 3,000 officials working for the city government, even though the DIMAUD no longer exists, because the responsibility of collecting the garbage in Panama City was passed to the newly created Authority of Urban and Household Cleanliness. (Note: The central government of Ricardo Martinelli stripped the responsibility to collect garbage away from Bosco Vallarino, because they simply could not get the job done.) “That tells me there are many people working whose positions are not justified,” Mendez said to local media.
MOVEMENTS – Mendez, who took over as mayor on 13 January 2012 said whenever there are changes, there are fears of layoffs. However, she reiterated so far she is working with the management level of the city government. Despite this, the official said there should be no concern. “Anyone who has good performance, is efficient, and has a justified position is going to be kept,” said Mendez, adding that the office of the Mayor of Panama City has to continue to function.

Mendez made her statements upon arrival at the Coastal Strip, to inspect the areas and facilities that will be used for the Carnival celebrations this year. Mendez said the Coastal Strip is a special place where citizens can enjoy themselves, as long as there is good security, and that “all of the details of coordination” are taken care of. (Prensa)

Editor’s Comment: Yup, she’s probably going to lay off about 1,000 people or so, saying their positions are simply not justified. When she left the Mayor’s office to become the new Minister of Government, her biggest complaint about Bosco Vallarino was that he seemed to only be concerned with creating as many positions as possible, and stuffing in as many of his political allies as possible from the Paname├▒ista party to fill those positions. So, it makes sense that her first order of business upon returning would be to clean all of that crap out. She’s no-nonsense…

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