In a special meeting held by the New Iberia fire and police civil service board, the only thing on the agenda was to carry out or overturn the suspension of Fire Chief Ronald Bourque.
The board voted to suspend Chief Bourque without pay after he was accused of dodging a subpoena for a meeting in early June. Daniel Landry, Bourque's attorney, says the proper legal steps were not taken.
"The process at the beginning should have been in compliance with the firefighters bill of rights. There are certain safeguards that are put in place for employees involved in civil service. They were not followed which resulted in the overturning of the action by the board tonight." said Landry.
The board voted unanimously to overturn the suspension, and board member Larry Jolivette is pleased with that decision.
"Very satisfied because I could not find, myself, any laws that were broken or any rules that were in violation. Like I said some things may have been bent and twisted but the administration has been warned to cease and assist with that practice." said Jolivette.
The chief did not wish to speak with but his attorney shared his thoughts of the outcome with us.
"Was satisfied the chiefs record will be cleared and he can get back to his job of leading the firefighters of New Iberia." said Landry.
And of course chief Bourque's attorney Daniel Landry expects the city to compensate the chief for his court expenses.