Del­ray Beach fires city man­ager

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been very sup­port­ive and re­spon­sive, he said, adding that the iden­tity of the pi­lot will be re­leased by po­lice or the Broward Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner.

“We don’t have the FAA air traf­fic au­dio yet but I will get that [and] we will ask for radar data that will show how low the plane was fly­ing,” Monville said. “We also know the com­pany had a track­ing sys­tem in place where they can track their own air­craft and so they’re go­ing to pro­vide me with that data, as well.”

Get­ting all that usu­ally takes about two weeks, he said.

The ban­ner plane, which had been fly­ing up and down the beach, struck the condo on the east side be­tween the 16th or 17th floor at 11:42 a.m. Fri­day, said Fort Laud­erdale Fire Res­cue Bat­tal­ion Chief Stephan Gol­lan.

“The oc­cu­pant of that condo was in there at the time but was not in­jured,” he said.

There were about 20 con­struc­tion work­ers on the pool deck at the time but none of them was in­jured by the plane’s fall­ing de­bris, Gol­lan said.

Del­ray Beach city com­mis­sion­ers fired their city man­ager, Mark Lauzier, on Fri­day for ac­tions they called “ir­re­spon­si­ble, egre­gious and in­com­pe­tent.”

The city’s in­ter­nal au­di­tor and at­tor­ney pre­sented a list of staffing de­ci­sions Lauzier had made in re­cent months that they said vi­o­lated the city’s char­ter, in­clud­ing chang­ing hir­ing cri­te­ria for high-level po­si­tions, pro­mot­ing peo­ple who weren’t qual­i­fied, and of­fer­ing higher salaries than per­mit­ted to peo­ple he hired.

Del­ray has gone through sev­eral city man­agers, as­sis­tant city man­agers and at­tor­neys over the past few years and has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as an un­de­sir­able place to work, ac­cord­ing to man­age­ment con­sul­tants hired to find job can­di­dates.

Lauzier, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer and Park­land city man­ager, said he was aware of the neg­a­tive rep­u­ta­tion when he was hired in 2017

Del­ray Beach woman killed by van in dis­pute over pay­ment, cops say

A 59-year-old Del­ray Beach woman was killed Fri­day even­ing and her 28-year-old daugh­ter was in­jured af­ter Del­ray Beach po­lice say a man hit them with his van dur­ing a dis­pute.

Wit­nesses told Del­ray de­tec­tives that the man hit both women with his Chevy van as he was leav­ing their house, where he had and sought to im­prove the work­place. He earned

$244,000 a year, hav­ing re­ceived a 4 per­cent raise in Jan­uary.

“When I took over the reins of the city, it was in ut­ter and com­plete chaos,” he said to the com­mis­sion be­fore he was fired. ”I’m cre­at­ing a pipe­line of lead­er­ship, a pipe­line of tal­ent.”

The com­mis­sion ap­pointed Neil de Je­sus, Del­ray’s fire chief, as the in­terim man­ager. De Je­sus served in the same post be­fore Lauzier was hired and told the com­mis­sion he will serve again — but not for long.

He asked the com­mis­sion to hire a new man­ager quickly.

“I ap­plied to be your fire chief. I love be­ing your fire chief,” he told the com­mis­sion. “I have no call­ing nor de­sire to be your city man­ager.”

Among the al­le­ga­tions against Lauzier:

■ Com­mis­sion­ers said he told city em­ploy­ees not to speak to city com­mis­sion­ers, and took credit for hir­ing a fi­nance di­rec­tor and been do­ing some work, po­lice spokes­woman Dani Moschella said in an email.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just be­fore 6 p.m. at 2488 An­gler Drive. It was orig­i­nally re­ported to po­lice that shots were fired, but ar­riv­ing of­fi­cers found a very dif­fer­ent scene.

Del­ray Beach Fire Res­cue took Marie Am­broise and her daugh­ter Nutr­ishia Pardieu to Del­ray Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Am­broise was prounced dead a short time later. Pardieu was treated and re­leased from the hospi­tal Fri­day night.

The driver, 39-year-old El­son Si­len­cieux of Boyn­ton pur­chas­ing di­rec­tor who had been hired by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

■ He down­graded an as­sis­tant city man­ager po­si­tion to “as­sis­tant to the city man­ager,” hired the em­ployee at $80,000 a year, then in­creased her salary to

$120,000 and pro­moted her to as­sis­tant city man­ager.

■ He de­cided that a city pol­icy that em­ploy­ees be hired based on merit and open po­si­tions pub­licly posted did not ap­ply to his of­fice.

Lauzier called him­self a “hum­ble ser­vant leader” and said he be­lieved he had free­dom to make staffing de­ci­sions.

“If I sound up­set a lit­tle bit, I apol­o­gize,” he told the com­mis­sion. “I am of­fended at be­ing called in­com­pe­tent. I am not.”

“By the way, I love you guys and I love the city,” he said in his fi­nal words be­fore the com­mis­sion voted unan­i­mously to fire him. He was im­me­di­ately asked to leave the city com­mis­sion dais. Beach, fled. Boyn­ton Beach Po­lice later found the van parked and empty in Boyn­ton Beach and even­tu­ally de­tained Si­len­cieux, who was found nearby.

On Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, Si­len­cieux was booked into a Palm Beach County jail. He faces charges of ag­gra­vated bat­tery; hit and run, fail­ure to stop at a crash in­volv­ing death and homi­cide with­out pre­med­i­ta­tion.

De­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate Am­broise’s death. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to call de­tec­tive Casey Kelly at 561-243-7805.

WAYNE K. ROUSTAN/SUN SEN­TINEL

The wreck­age of the plane was taken to an undis­closed lo­ca­tion to be ex­am­ined by the NTSB.

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