Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:49 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Apr 22, 2014 6:49 PM
BRUSLY - The Brusly Town Council named a former member of the police department to act as interim chief, after outgoing chief Jamie Whaley pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges last week.
The council voted to name Richie Johnson the interim police chief once Whaley's resignation takes effect on April 24.
Johnson is currently a colonel with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. He served in the past as assistant chief for the Brusly Police Department.
Whaley resigned and pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges last week. He admitted to News 2's Investigative Unit and authorities that he spent more than $1,100 last year on a town gas card filling up his personal vehicle and boat.
Whaley was arrested in January and later paid the money back, then was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month. Theft charges against him were dropped as part of his plea deal, which also included a stipulation he not run for the chief's position again in the upcoming election.