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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018. 10:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  BBN was recently provided with a copy of an email sent to Commissioner of Revenue within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Adrian Rodriguez, by a senior head of section expressing extreme dismay for “disrespect” to the ministry’s staff.

Rodriguez was a contract officer who was employed with the ministry in September 2017. In the email, the senior officer explains to Rodriguez that the staff at the Lands Department are disgruntled with abrupt transitions within the ministry.

The leaked email ends by a request from the senior Head of sections to cease from disrespecting them.

According to the senior officer, their staff was move from one building to another without any notification or consultation with those who head that department. “I have time and time again been disrespected,” the officer told Rodriguez. The officer added that the staff does not understand the reasoning behind the abrupt changes and said many employees have become frustrated and demotivated with the lack of transparency within the ministry.

The officer claims the Lands Department is run by a select minority. The officer ends by pleading for the disrespect to end and for order to return to the department.

A source explained to BBN that the issue has been an on going one. According to the source, three people in the department make all the decisions for the entire staff without consulting any of the Heads of Section about possible effects their decisions may have.

In a venting of frustration, the email ends, “ When will the disrespect stop?? I am prepared for anything at this point, to be transferred or be written up………..Our Staff, every single one of us need to be respected by MANAGEMENT… we demand to be respected!!!!”

The email is backed by at least three other senior officials, including Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos.

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