Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:04 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 26, 2013 12:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Carl Dabadie Jr. took the oath today to become Baton Rouge's provisional police chief.
Mayor Kip Holden swore Dabadie in. He is the son of an officer who died in the line of duty, and applied for the chief's position when Jeff LeDuff resigned in 2010.
Dabadie said today he intends to keep current programs going, such as the BRAVE initiative. He also said he intends to apply for the chief's position.
Mayor Holden told News 2 a civic committee will not be involved in the selection process, as they were in the previous chief's search. He said the application process would be open but without a nationwide search, and the mayor's office would make its selection from those applications. Holden said he would prefer a local applicant who's familiar with the department to take the position.
Holden said because Dabadie's provisional status gives him 90 days in the chief's position, he did not intend to "rush" through the selection process for a new chief.
Dabadie steps into the office during a legal fight between the mayor and former chief Dewayne White, who was fired earlier this month. Dabadie served as White's chief of staff, and will hold the chief's position until Holden names a replacement.
White appealed his firing to the municipal civil services board. He claims Holden violated several laws and policies in his termination, which was done in bad faith.
Holden claimed White did not do enough in his tenure to strengthen relations with the community or combat violent crime. White said that was due to the mayor's office micromanaging his decisions and preventing him from taking any action.