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Here’s The Scoop…2/24/09..LBTS Commission Meeting #2…Public Comment…. #1….Or The Past Comes Back To Haunt Him…


There must have been a little extra head rubbing going on in the 3rd seat from the end of the Mayor’s left…Yep, that would be the Vice Mayor…seeing his past come back to haunt him…Patrick Pointu was in the hall…and he signed up to speak…and speak he did….because…the Vice Mayor’s bad acts…are still in full swing. ….in the months since Patrick resigned…

Patrick Pointu….From the podium….

“When this commission evaluated the VFD proposal, your decision was based
on the VFD by Laws and Standard Operating Procedures that we presented.
It was made clear by Chief Perkins that they were the VFD Bible and that
they shall be followed.

It was also said numerous time that the VFD meetings were and will be
open to everyone.

Now you have the same Chief Perkins, telling you that the meeting are
confidential and that the SOPs should not be followed because they are I
quote ‘a living document’. Yes SOPs needs to be improved over time, but
it does not mean that you can ignore them.

But who cares about Policies when they are supposed to prevent a Chief
officer to damage an ATV while backing up without first looking for an

But who cares about Policies when they explain that it is stupid and
unsafe for a Chief Officer to drive at 90 miles an hour on A1A to
respond to a routine medical call when the med unit is already on scene.

But who cares about Policies when it says that a chief officer cannot
spend thousands and thousands of dollars without comparative quotes nor
approval from the membership.

But who cares about By Laws when it says that an elected official cannot
hold an officer position.

But who cares about by laws when it will not let a Chief Officer
demoting an elected officer as only the membership has this authority.

You voted for a VFD that was expected to run by a set of written
safeguards that are the policies and bylaws. That is not the case today.
I have always said and I am still claiming that the VFD is a strong and
competent department, but letting it run that way it is only a matter of
time that someone will get injured or worse killed. You have the duty to
make sure that policies and procedures are followed by *every* members.
You have the duty to make sure that the VFD is trustworthy and does not
hide its actions. Only then, the VFD will be able to start rebuilding
the faith that the actual management destroyed in four months.

This task should begin with all members of the VFD. They should be proud
of their department and not always live in the fear of the threats of
one of its egomaniac member who brags that he has the Town manager in
his pocket and can shut down the department in one commission meeting.

Talking about threats, I remember that this same individual threatened
me to use one of his close relative working with a Federal Law
Bureau to have me deported out the county.


Who in the recent history got elected then decided that he was above the
Law; start eliminating all his political opponents or former influent
friends. Then deported millions of people?

Beware resident of Lauderdale By the Sea, soon you will have to wear a
yellow star on your jacket if you dare disagree with this man. But for
all the others who are mute and let him do whatever he wants, your
cowardice will not be a sufficient excuse.

Join the resistance today and let show this man that we are not afraid
of him.”

The original Pointu Resignation letter…

9/30/08…8:17 am…

Dear BOD, officers or members,

You hired me as administrator until September 30st to organize the department during the transition period that is ending today. I am not happy with the result, we’ve gone a long way, but I was expecting much more. Our SOPs are not ready, no written training goals or recurrent training requirement are in place., the required ICS training are not completed by our older members., the mandatory (by our contract and NFPA) medical exam is not in place, our by laws were not updated and the current ones are not followed, purchasing procedures are not enforced, decisions from the business meetings are not applied, etc….

I have dealt with a war zone, I have dealt with terrorism as a victim, as a first responder or as a law enforcement officer. I have managed emergency operations with as many as 1 million people or a budget over 3 million dollars. Even if stressful, these operations were a breeze compare to the last six months because I was working with a supporting team of people.

I am tired of the lack of support and the constant fights with Jerry. I’ve tried to take on myself to let it go by looking on all the good sides of the work he was doing. but everyone has its limit. I can’t deal anymore with Jerry’s threats,intimidations,insults and constant disregard for procedures,by laws and chain of command.

Some of you may remember the threat he’s made to me two months ago when he wanted to “shove his fist in my ass” and “punch me in the face” or the statement that he was ” the one who brought back the department” and if it is not going the way _he_ wanted that he will “in one commission meeting bring back the BSO to replace us.”

You will also remember that Jerry went ballistic when Captain Scot Fowler countermands his order regarding a probationary member wanted to attend the beach rescue class. When I confirmed it and informed the Chief about it, he threatened me and said I had no authority to change his order. (For your information, our by-laws Jerry as a rank of Lieutenant) That’s one of the reasons why Scott resigned despite what Jerry is trying to let you believe.

I will pass on the multiple instances when Jerry accused me of lying about some facts that were not going the way he wanted or even accused me many times of not following proper procedure for the medical equipment.

Yesterday, the Chief asked me to organize the demo of the battery operated extrication tools for our officers to be able to choose the one we will buy. The company traveled 300 miles to come for this demo. Jerry just canceled it, refused to obey my order or the Chief’s order. That’s when I decided to resign.

That’s not the first time that Jerry is making department policy by himself or taking decisions on behalf of the members. He fired members without prior approval from the Chief, he decided to give $5,000 cash to the chamber of commerce, he throw out of a meeting people that were invited to attend by the Chief.

As I said before I can’t deal with it anymore. Members are calling Jerry ‘Chief’ and are all believing that he is indeed in charge because nobody is challenging it. I hope that on the fire scene there will not be any confusion and proper chain of command will prevail.

I have reached a point where I can’t deal with Jerry anymore and this fight is damaging for the department. One of us needs to leave and the department can’t afford losing him.

I am sure Cheryl will do a good job to keep the administrative work. Please help her by filling out properly all the forms, including the ones regarding expenses.

You will have to find a certified instructor for the Fire 1 class. Beau is in town for a few weeks, he can probably fill in until you find someone.

It was an honor to be a member of this department for all these past years. I’m leaving sad but that’s the right thing to do for the sake of the department.

Please stay safe out there,

Patrick Pointu

Unfortunately it was the letter that  showed us all that the Town Manager’s words rang hollow…her talk of “oversight”…”full access” ..and being independent from Vice Mayor McIntee…She ignored…dodged …and weaved in the aftermath of this explosive resignation letter……doing little of what was asked of by other Commissioners……”artfully”…not dealing with any of it…Perhaps in this writer’s opinion to keep on doing her own version of the Mc-VFD within her own administration…by elevating personnel that are  undeniably not up to snuff ….keeping them under her thumb…and control….while making decisions…without full disclosure to the Commission…whether it is the Pavilion…the codes…or deciding whether she will write up Ordinances…Resolutions…or give it ti the Town Attorney without interference…Leaving McIntee alone …the VFD alone…guarantees the status quo…for the VFD and the Administration…with the “odds” in their favor of 3-2 0n the dais…sadly we’ve seen it often throughout the year…

Commissioner Clottey in her Commissioner Comments…spoke of Patrick Pointu’s comments…(continuation meeting 2/25/09 2 pm)…

‘ One thing that was said by Mr. Pointu yesterday bothered me. I kept looking at my note. Basically it had to do with you Vice Mayor I, I hope that you address this in the future either refute it or do something. I am very troubled when people get up publicly and at other venues say that if things don’t go a certain way within the VFD that the VFD will be voted out immediately by this Commission. I know that, that’s not going to be the case and I would hope, you can take the appropriate time to address that issue because um, these things tend to get out of hand and they are very spiteful and they can do a lot of harm.”

BC- Commissioner Clottey, should know…that Patrick Pointu has never waivered in his assertions, and has many witnesses to the “end of the VFD” occurring  if the VM were removed from the department…according to his rants…So calling his courage to stand up for the department when others seeing the “dirt” spread about him to deflect from the truth…stand silent …”spiteful”…in this writer’s opinion…Commissioner …put the “kool aid down”…and speak to Patrick Pointu yourself…

Vice Mayor McIntee’s Commissioner comments on Pointu…(continuation meeting 2/25/09)…

“Ah, regarding Commissioner Clottey’s question of Pointu. He’s been gone for six months. Commissioner Clottey, I suggest if you have some personal questions to ask any of the troops over there how they feel about him and you’ll get a very truthful response. Ah, we haven’t heard from him in six months. Now, he pops up and he’s stirring the pot. He was obviously encouraged to do that. I mean he’s a non entity at this stage and if anybody doubts what I’m saying just contact somebody at Davie Fire Department and they’ll clarify whatever you want to know.”

BC- Not partaking in the anonymous blog sites…this writer was told shortly after the Pointu public comments…the usual suspect…went on the blogs to disparage Pointu with the same Davie claims…HMMMM…

Commissioner Clottey will not get the truthful answers from the troops…who know they better take the Pointu- party line to keep the VM off their backs…But, tread lightly VM for the “encouragers” of Pointu we hear come from within the VFD “walls”…your own  “troops”! …

Looking over you shoulder VM?…

As the “cracks” continue to grow in the VFD with the number of members leaving or being thrown out of the department with the leaders ignoring proper VFD procedures for such dismissals…You can try and keep all the holes “plugged” within your leaky walls….but that kind of a fix is only temporary ……because everyone knows when you get one plugged…another one pops open…and another one… and another one…and we all know how that turns out in the end… the walls comes tumbling down…lack of support you know…lack of support….

That always happens without the proper foundation……

more to come……..

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