Delray Beach fires city manager
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.
The wreckage of the plane was taken to an undisclosed location to be examined by the NTSB.