STATEMENT – The Public Service Commission wishes to inform that by letter dated August 21, 2014 disciplinary proceedings were instituted against Mr. Shane Felix, leading fireman of the St. Lucia Fire Service.
Mr. Felix was personally served with the letter on September 2, 2014 at the Office of the Public Service Commission. Mr. Felix was called and asked to collect the said letter from the office of the commission. This is the procedure adopted by the Commission where disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against public officers and where these officers have to be personally served.
The decision to institute disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Felix was not precipitated by any action currently being taken by the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association. This is clearly evidenced by the Commission’s letter dated August 21, 2014 for an allegation which occurred on or about December 11, 2013.
The Commission further informs that before any disciplinary action is taken against any officer a process must be followed to ascertain the alleged culpability, if any, of that officer and the veracity of the allegation which was made against the officer. The allegation which has been made must be proven by proper and admissible evidence and Mr. Felix will be given an opportunity to be heard before any decision is arrived at by the Commission. The Commission is an impartial constitutional body, independent of the executive.
Lastly, contrary to news reports the Public Service Commission did not have a meeting with the management of the Fire Service on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.