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Scatliffe-Leonard accused of victimisation by former W&SD employee

- D7 candidate said she was given instructions by superiors to fire staff
A former employee of the Water and Sewage Department (W&SD) has accused its former Director Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard of political victimisation and wrongful termination. Photo: Facebook/File
Seventh-District candidate Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard was a guest on the Morning Braff show on Tola Radio VI on March 23, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Seventh-District candidate Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard was a guest on the Morning Braff show on Tola Radio VI on March 23, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard was first confirmed as Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) in 2012, but was reassigned to another department in 2016 before returning in 2017 to once again head the Department. She retired in January 2023. Photo: Facebook/File
Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard was first confirmed as Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) in 2012, but was reassigned to another department in 2016 before returning in 2017 to once again head the Department. She retired in January 2023. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A former employee of the Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) has accused its former Director Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard of political victimisation and wrongful termination.

The woman, Lorraine Callwood, lashed out at the former Director during a live call-in segment of the Tola Radio VI show live-streamed on Facebook on March 23, 2023.

During the segment, some callers agreed that the government system needs to be restructured, noting that some employees are being held in positions for too long.

One of the callers indicated that the Deputy Governor system should be a “term system”, which was agreed upon by Callwood.

Perline ‘took bread out of my mouth’- Callwood

Callwood, who claimed that she has 7 children and 17 grandchildren, alleged that she was victimised by Scatliffe-Leonard while she was at the W&SD, noting that she “took bread out of her mouth”, causing her to have arrears with her bank, insurance and otherwise.

In defending herself, Scatliffe-Leonard, who is contesting the Seventh District seat as an Independent Candidate, disclosed that Callwood had issues with her employment, which had expired around December 2020. 

She claimed that she thought to give her a chance to redeem herself but then she received some information from her ministry in January.

“What came to me from my ministry showed that Miss Callwood had done some stuff that went to the DPP and the police and that was a situation I wasn’t getting in. I was advised that we are not renewing her appointment, that is a ministry call as well,” Scatliffe-Leonard said.

I was victimised’- Lorraine Callwood

Meanwhile, Callwood said Scatliffe-Leonard was lying, as she alleged she neither received a warning letter nor appraisal.

“Perline, I have papers to prove, you never gave me a warning,” she said.

Callwood further alleged that there are a lot of people who did wrong in the Water and Sewage Department who are still there, as she accused Scatliffe- Leonard of targetting her due to her political affiliation.

“You cover for some…I was victimised because of VIP, because I was voting firmly for VIP,” a clearly upset Callwood argued.

She further alleged that a lot of people in the Department are afraid to speak for fear of victimisation.

“They’re afraid they’d lose their jobs and that’s been going on for years,” Callwood alleged, adding that since she lost her government job it caused issues with a loan she took out on her car.

Scatliffe-Leonard denies making call to fire staff

Scatliffe -Leonard continued that it was not within her jurisdiction.

“What happened there is that a report was done by the Department of Labour that spelled out two separate laws of this land that Miss Callwood infringed on…I was told point blank that we were not renewing…” she re-emphasised.

Scatliffe-Leonard added that the Deputy Governor’s Office wrote to the situation and was in receipt of all of the alleged information on Callwood, as she stressed that the Water and Sewerage Department does not write appointment letters but rather, this comes from the Ministry of Works.

Callwood further accused Scatliffe- Leonard of “messing up the administration” while establishing that she will be questioned further and she will ensure this happens.

“Because you’re a liar,” Callwood stated.

Scatliffe-Leonard responded by urging Callwood to contact the relevant ministry, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) or the police and see what they uncover with regards to her complaints.

“At the end of the day, it’s the Ministry’s call and that’s what happened…My records are clear. My performance reports are clean…My integrity is intact,” Scatliffe-Leonard said.

35 Responses to “Scatliffe-Leonard accused of victimisation by former W&SD employee”

  • jack (24/03/2023, 09:40) Like (19) Dislike (14) Reply
    She did it personally and for no apparent reason.
    • Rubber Duck (24/03/2023, 11:18) Like (30) Dislike (6) Reply
      Has Perline explained why we should think that she would be competent as a politician when she ran water & sewage so badly for so many years. In a very competitive field, she ensured that water & sewage was the undoubted worst.
      I had not realised that she was really standing and had assumed it was a joke.
  • We’ll look (24/03/2023, 09:49) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    Just work with the premier, you not prepared but you can help vip still .
  • bay girl (24/03/2023, 10:21) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    Lc know she wrong
  • herbs power (24/03/2023, 10:34) Like (30) Dislike (6) Reply
    We need real issues not these childish stories thank you.
    • @ herds power (24/03/2023, 10:46) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
      These are real stories. Lets the people know her real character and not the show she’s putting on when on the podium. ????
  • See why (24/03/2023, 10:40) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    I can see why she was send home now.....being a big bad piggy surly not the way
  • GET RID OF THE VIP (24/03/2023, 10:46) Like (26) Dislike (24) Reply
  • HISTORY IN THE MAKING (24/03/2023, 10:47) Like (14) Dislike (30) Reply
  • We pushing we pushing we pushing P (24/03/2023, 10:49) Like (21) Dislike (31) Reply
    Kedrick and Natalio did nothing for D7......PERLINE ALL THE WAY!
    • how? (24/03/2023, 11:38) Like (39) Dislike (10) Reply
      How can you compare Kedrick's 20 years to Natalio's 4 year with COVID, COI, and the threat of suspending the constitution??? SMH! Wowwwww! I guess he should have forgotten about the country and focus on the 7th only. Then we wouldn't even be here at the point of election!!
    • DANIEL BOON (24/03/2023, 13:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You too disrespectful to leadership. Why you don't go run. Nobody can please the HPP, Hopping People's Party.
  • WOMEN'S LIB (24/03/2023, 10:52) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    The men failed us so try a woman......................................Sick ah these men selling out/corruption/mudslinging etc etc
  • Political analyst (24/03/2023, 12:28) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Shots were fired across the bow of Perline Scatliffe Leonard so she had the right to fire back to defend herself, not letting herself be swiftboated, ie, letting claims just sit out there and unresponded to, giving the electorate the impression that the claim is true whetger it is or not. Nevertheless, personnel private and confidential issues should not be debated in public to the press or others Does the VI have a progressive discipline policy? A typical progressive policy entails a)verbal counseling and coaching, b) written letter of counseling, c) written letter of reprimand, d) suspension , e) termination. Of course, depending on the level of violation, immediate termination may be warranted. Moreover, the decentralize nature of the civil service with a) the civil service falling under purview of the Governor, and) the local government being the recipient of the service, is counterproductive. The UK as the Administrative Power is responsible for helping the VI move towards a full measure of self/governing. As such, civil service should fall under the direct control of local government in pursuing greater self-determination. The local government should have a centralized Human Resources Department. Some may argue that the BVI is not ready for such a transfer. If not now, when? It is time for the BVI to shed the training wheels and start riding the big Raleigh bike. Transferring civil service from the Governor to Local Government should be on The Constitutional Review Committee agenda. The same reluctance was probably there in transferring finance from under the Governor to Local Government in the late 70s under the Wiiliard Wheatley administration.

    • Quiet Warrior (24/03/2023, 12:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Progressive discipline you say. It sounds good. Well that does not wuk in the BVI where things depend on who you are.
      • @Plolitical Analyst (24/03/2023, 15:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        I consider myself to be quite smart, but what the heck are you trying to say????????
        That loooong epistle to say what really? Help me Jesus
        • @@Political Analyst (25/03/2023, 00:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @@Politcal Analyst, I worry about people who their own trumpet and declare themselves smart. It is better to be called a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. If you don’t know about swiftboating, progress discipline, centralizing of functions, private and confidential, etc, ask somebody so they
          can get you straight.
        • STOP IT ! (25/03/2023, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          Stop calling the Lord’s name in vain; it is probably a sin. Put down the phone, read a book and stop hating. Read Jeremiah 33:3.
    • Professionalism (25/03/2023, 07:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      In the BVI in the public sector, there is no respect for observing and respecting individuals privacy. Private information is not protected; nothing in the public sector is private and confidential. Every incident between a supervisor and individual very quickly is out in public sphere. Except in a judicial setting privacy should reign supreme. But no such professionalism exist. And it does not exist for there are no consequences. Locking melee and heresay is a national pass time. Until there are consequences nothing will change. Truth be told, the Callwood woman brought this issue into the public sphere. Professionalism still should have been practice. We must come to a place where private info is just that private. You know but does not know, you see but don’t see, you hear but don’t hear, unless it is mandated by law to release into public sphere., ie, legal action, labour tribunal, union representation, etc.
  • It is true (24/03/2023, 12:45) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    This woman is not a nice person and was not a professional nor nice boss. Please district 7, take it from another former w&s employee and keep her far from politics.
  • Purr magic (24/03/2023, 12:45) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Her hands are not clean.
  • leave her (24/03/2023, 12:47) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Ayo better leave her or else look out for a Haiti trip soon.
    • @Leave her (25/03/2023, 04:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She need to go sit down in truth and this is exactly why we don’t need her in there! As a customer of w&s she was horrible and useless always! I always had to go to the minister to get matters resolved!
  • one eye (24/03/2023, 12:52) Like (18) Dislike (15) Reply
    We giving slow man one more chance
  • `SHE HANDLED IT WELL (24/03/2023, 12:57) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
  • big show (24/03/2023, 13:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really need to ask that person who made the comment name HOW only district 7 suffered from Covid as far as I know the answer is no but yes the other ministers can say what they did during the 4 years and he can’t that’s messed up
  • no surprise (24/03/2023, 15:07) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    A certain woman complained about every Minister of Communications & Works to the Governor when ever they tried to get her to restructure water & sewage so that it can be functional. She took lies to the Governor and you know Governors love such confusion to keep us divided. She hated Mark. She hated kye. She hated all ministers. She know why she didn't want the department more structured and accountable.

  • Trust not (24/03/2023, 15:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perline will be smiling with you in front yuh face and you get stabbed in yuh chest and you will swear ain Perline stab yuh.

    Who know, know
    She is a snake in the grass
  • Good Lady. (24/03/2023, 16:37) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a good lady. I remember having a water Issue 2021 Christmas I was so frustrated, no water, Someone gave me her number, I call her and she answer I told me she is going to send a guy to check, she gave me the guy number tell me still call him and I get my water Issue resolved. This lady dont know me and I dont know her. Well I know her now but she still does know who I am...but she deliver...People want to show up to work, don't work, can't take instructions abd get pay..She was courageous enough to put her foot down.
  • CGB resident (24/03/2023, 22:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    L******e tells alot of lies check her track records ahyo see!!!

  • A.M (25/03/2023, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have to say this. When we cant do as we like on our jobs, when we cant have things our way, and when our bosses dont put up with our foolishness , we are quick to say how they are useless . I know this young lady to be of a much higher quality than these people are trying to project. She aint no easy walk over , so those who worked under her and wanted her to pamper them and didn't get that from her are the disgruntelled ones.
    They wanted a supervisor who they could gossip to and do no work and still take home full pay,but it aint so with that lady.
  • Former Bay Resident (26/03/2023, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anybody from the Bay knows the reputation of LC.
    She can't keep a job. Always in some mess.

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