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Here’s The Scoop … Follow-Ups … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea VFD / Former HR Mgr. Discrimination Dismissal Clarification ….

UPDATED INFO …

Dear Readers …while we await the backup for next Tues. night’s Reg. Comm. Mtg… this writer received some more information to update the previous post…

On the LBTS-VFD …we have heard this… Chief Paine made former Deputy Chief Joe Padden, a second Deputy Chief…. Padden lost the election last month by a vote by the membersĀ  for his opponent John Louvaris ..We are told that position is not in the by-laws…and there is a conflict with Padden being both the President of the VFD Board and a Deputy Chief…We are also told Chief Paine has a problem with Louvaris as Deputy Chief…and that is why he created this position… The update concerning Louvaris is we are informed he did have a court date last July after he was charged with misdemeanorĀ  petit-theft … I am also informed there are no by-laws about any such conflict for being a member or a leader…unlike the purported and prev. postedĀ  problem that the former VFD Chief had when it was said he was not forthcoming on his application to become a member concerning his history of having any criminal charges … Therefore there was nothing to prevent Louvaris from being voted in as Deputy Chief… I am also told the VFD is going to make some changes to their by-laws at their upcoming meeting this month… Any changes if actually implemented are long overdue… This writer tired to get any new by-laws after statements were made to cover some actions made by the VFD over the last 2 yrs…Those PRRs came back that there were none… I have made another PRR today for any changes to the by-laws that are voted in this month…The Town should receive them as well….The Town Manager is a non-voting member of the VFD Board and she should maintain that role to keep oversight …which is something that was asked of the previous TM …Ms. Colon started out indicating she would do so and then balked and stayed away…intentionally in this writer’s opinion…We are also informed the VFD still has a couple hundred thousand left in the kitty from their benefactor and want to buy a new truck…most likely it will be leased…What happens to the Town owned truck?… Even if they have the funds available…it is still a bad P.R. move by the VFD when an audit just showed no need for another truck…and the Town is starting an apparatus fund ….as well as the VM and Comm. making it clear they did not want a repeat of surprise trucks bought and then presented to the Commission as was the case over the past few years…There was a backlash the last time around… That money from the benefactor was originally intended for a new firehouse… More on the accident to a member last week should be coming as we hear inquiries have been made from both inside the dept. and outside for what happened and why the scene may have been cleared before an full investigation was done … More to come we are sure …. This writer sent in a PRR for the last quarterly income/expense report and year-end today as well…

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On the subject of former HR Mgr. Kathy O’Brien’s dismissed discrimination complaint…I am told it was unusual that she claimed race and age…On the subject she referred to in her complaint of an alleged overpayment to herself.. Ms. O’Brien was able to explain that it was a misprint and she was not paid extra as it appeared from the documentation left from her time in charge…It was looked into and it did turn out to be yet another mistake…or another case of sloppy or sub-standard work in Town Hall …..in this writer’s opinion…nevertheless it was removed from her dismissal as a result…

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more to come………

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