Baton Rouge's next police chief sworn in
BATON ROUGE - Chief Judge Tony Marabella of the 19th JDC swore in Dewayne White as Baton Rouge's newest police chief in front of dozens of his colleagues, friends and family at the Metro Council chambers.
White didn't answer any questions as he plans to meet with his officers first. He thanked many colleagues and his family before delivering a promise to the mayor and the city of Baton Rouge.
"Mr. Mayor, I will not let you down. I will not let the citizens of Baton Rouge down. Thank you," Chief White said.
After 21 years with the Louisiana State Police, White takes over the daunting task of fighting violent crime in a city that's seen better days. According to News 2 records, so far in 2011 there have been 29 murders in the city, which is down from 33 at this point last year. Historically, these numbers so early in the year are high.
Mayor Kip Holden said he's happy with his decision and he won't micro-manage this police chief.
"I am not going to say 'chief do x y and z.' I'm going to listen to the chief and then hear his plans and then say yay I agree on that or no. But I tell you part of that plan will be becoming active with community groups and civic groups," Holden said.
White becomes the 27th Baton Rouge Police Chief after Jeff Leduff resigned six months ago. His salary has not yet been announced.