Fontenelle sent on early retirement; remains adviser at SLASPA

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Fontenelle sent on early retirement; remains adviser at SLASPA
Leslie Fontenelle.
Leslie Fontenelle.

Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy has recommended that former Chief of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) Leslie Fontenelle “retire in the public’s interest.”

Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Wilburne King has said that this decision was made based on recommendations from the PSC, which were submitted to the Governor General.

He said an inquiry done by the PSC concluded that there was enough evidence against the embattled fire official to warrant his “retirement.”

“The Governor General is the one who has the authority to take the action. This was arrived at after a very long and deliberate process, where we invited witnesses and Fontenelle and his lawyer,” King said.

The PSC chairman noted that while Fontenelle has been sent on early retirement, he may want to use his talents and explore other opportunities, given that he has excellent work experience.

While Fontenelle did not want to comment on the retirement issue, he told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that he remains an adviser at Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA).

The former fire chief was appointed aircraft rescue and fire fighting adviser at SLASPA in early 2014, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.

Between 2008 and 2014 the SLFS had several disruptions in its operations, which included crippling incidents of industrial action taken by members of the St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA).

Those were prompted by a 2014 inquiry commissioned into the conduct of Fontenelle and other senior officers, which confirmed allegations of intimidation, abuse of authority and mismanagement.

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  1. LIKE THE FIRE CHIEF FOUND HIMSELF IN HOT WATER.

    HE WAS TRAINED TO PUT OUT FIRE BUT HOT WATER WAS DEFINITELY NOT HIS KETTLE OF FISH SO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION PUT THE FREEZE ON HIS CAREER.

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  2. @ Brudda. Fontenelle worked his way to the top. He did not promote himself or was swef for promotion like Shane. He was well qualified and duly appointed. So keep quiet.

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    • Lets hope brudda don't go and do the same nonsense he did at the Fire Service at SLASPA, qualified or not. ethics and morals.

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  3. What am I missing here? the guy is unfit to run the fire service but there is no problem in him being an advisor to SLASPA, tell me WTF is going on here? Shame on you SLASPA, accepting damaged goods.

    G.J

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  4. The Lord gave Fontenelle the Job and took it away for his glory. God will never abandon Mr. Leslie Fontenelle! One door closed in order for him to look ahead to see what God has in store for him. We are praying for and with him.

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    • This Mr. God must be very tired after he does for everybody. He must look forward to Sundays so he can have a rest.

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    • WOW. that disgraceful exit was how God shows his glory. than I guess the other miraculous ways he did so wasnt him after all. The devil has glory too. And gives us position too. maybe thats who did this. I mean when you cheat to get to the top, skipping along the way, is that Godly glory? stop kidding yourself. its cheating(i.e stealing) thou shalt not ...

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  5. if you live in a glass house don't throw stones. the guy who is the great talker on behalf of the members of the members of the fire service is happy about Mr. Fontenelle's retirement. Well tato, tato. Fonty has nothing to be afraid of but he has a lot to live for. Fontenelle has a young loving family. He is a serious Christian and for those who are wondering, he is a very hardworking man. i expect Fontenelle to move on with his life with much less stress. May God cup his hands under Fontenelle's chin and be the lifter of his head.

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    • so is only your "Fonty" thats gods child? the rest of the fire service isnt his children. you hypocrites tan. Dont come here looking for sympathy. if he innocent why didnt he challenge this. I guess he has come to church and said the cliche "only God know im innocent and I leave it in his hands". Havn't we all said that when we know we wrong.

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  6. PSC doesn't have authority over certain post in the public service. The Governor General has the authority over the chief fire, commissioner , DPS, PS posts are

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  7. Um inquiry commission confirmed allegations of intimidation, abuse of authority and mismanagement in 2014 but yet still he was recommended by the PM and appointed aircraft rescue and fire fighting adviser at SLASPA in the same year 2014...OH my job for the boys.

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  8. Ah di teacher... Practice this... "I before E, EXCEPT after C" Now look at the word that you wanted to spell and see if you get it right this time... CH--F. Which would you put first in this case? The I or the E?

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    • but they have the balls to trample over the rights of lower order public servants. thats not right. whats good for the goose is good for the ganda. or should be. the psc knows who they do what. thats why we must all fight when we can against this nonsense

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  9. Enough evidence to warrant his 'retirement'.... I get the feeling (sense) that the psc did not have enough balls

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  10. Can someone please tell me what are the qualifications of Mr Fontinelle regarding Aircraft Fire fighting and Rescue? SLASPA you seem to have a square peg in a round hole. Please tell St.Lucian when and where he got qualified as a consultant in the field of Crash Fire Rescue. Please don't let ICAO embarrass St.Lucia. Over to you Mr. General manager SLASPA.

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  11. He said an inquiry done by the PSC concluded that there was enough evidence against the embattled fire official to warrant his “retirement.” - why not his discipline? high ranking officers always get away then...lesson learnt.

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    • it should have warrented his dismissal, not retirement. cause retirement means he getting his benefits. Abusing authority should have him losing something. but he smiling walking away with full package plus he still has another job getting the same salary. so he gettting that plus his retirement package. he smiling all the way. the KDA admin was foolish here to give him a new post

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      • When you fellas thought you were messing up the man you were doing him a huge favor. This is how karma operates. I know personally of some of the prepared statements which were given to members to sign tin support some of the false accusations, just to get rid of the man. Some of the members are now talking. So sad. Shame on the wife abuser.

        Shame and company are some of the most indisciplined public servants I have come across. Have no respect for authority, do what the hell they feel like whenever they like. Someone must stand up to them before it is too late.

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        • its not about messing him up. its about principle my brother. thats why our country so behind and politicians take us for a ride day in and day out.everything isnt personal, its about rule of law. so because my fellow teacher beat his wife, when i cuss out a student, should I not be disciplined??? we too double standard in this blasted little country. if shane is to disciplined, i agree also, as long as he went against the laws of the fire service. but stop making it about cheif and this officer etc. its about regulations and rules

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  12. Count your blessings bro. Good things come to those who wait. I know you are now smiling at this early retirement package.

    Karma will deal with the wife beater. His nakedness will soon be exposed.

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    • I guess Shane is still sowing his seed and his reaping will be later. Hope he can handle what he will reap.

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  13. Oh ho! gah misiay! You see we have too many incompetent people in HIGH office in Saint Lucia. MAJORITY of govt workers are lazy and inefficient. Taking 3 hour lunches. Walking around the government buildings in their flip flops. Barely doing any work at all for a consistent check. This man is just one of many civil servants who need to be sent home. We need to do a clean sweep of the entire govt labor force and determine who is in fact a hard worker and who is just skating by as well as who is abusing office. Too much lackadaisical people and attitudes in this place. Time to stop the mediocrity and WORK HARD.

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  14. so basically Kenny gave him a way out. because if he wasnt given that special advisor post at SLASPA he would be out. but sadly because his government give him a post, he still able to eat out tax money even though he do all his SHATE already. so no biggie there. he still getting his money, now he getting his retirement money plus his salary. so he just laughing there

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    • You eh lie! Trust kenny! Whenever is his boys that do a shaite he must find a way out for them. But he have people making all sorts of calls to us embassy on Frederick. Not saying frederick innocent but Kenny and his consorts always above the law.

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      • yep cause right now retiring from fire cheif still leaves him with a job as advisor. so its basically he had like two jobs and they ask him to keep one and retire from one. if he hadnt been given a new job he would be out of the public service. but Kenny made sure he had a backup plan eh. so he still win

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  15. When they thought they were digging a pit for you Chief they were only creating a new path. Guess what, the pit is still there.

    Looks like Shane forgot that disciplinary actions has also commenced on him by the PSC. Hope he pushes them the same way to conclude his.

    Remember a person that takes pride in destroying the character, career or confidence of others will eventually find themselves at the mercy of who they tried to destroy.

    Son turn the spotlight on Shane and give an update on the disciplinary action against him. Hope they send him packing.

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    • You have to either be retarded or ridiculously stupid. Did you even read the article before you commented. My goodness. The governor General said that he should retire "In the PUBLIC's interest" meaning he breached his contract.

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