Fired BRPD chief files civil service appeal
BATON ROUGE - Dewayne White's attorney officially filed an appeal today for his removal as Baton Rouge's police chief, claiming it was done in bad faith and without just cause.
The appeal to the municipal Civil Service Board of East Baton Rouge says White's termination was not done in accordance with state law, and that Mayor-President Kip Holden's office committed several other breaches of policy prior to his firing.
Holden and Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel gave White a letter on Feb. 6 saying he was fired immediately, then later amended that to say he had been put on administrative leave with pay pending a hearing on Feb. 18. After that hearing, during which White presented evidence he claimed proved Holden's office micromanaged his department and kept him from performing his duties, Holden affirmed his decision to fire White.
White's attorney, Jill Craft, claimed in the appeal Holden and his office violated several policies during that time, including recording the initial firing conversation on Feb. 6 and then denying it was recorded. White said he asked for his lawyer during that meeting, and was told he could not contact her. Craft also said she was told during the Feb. 18 hearing she couldn't speak or ask questions on behalf of her client, which she says was also in violation of state law.
The appeal also claims White learned several complaints had been lodged against him, primarily from the Baton Rouge Police Union, but he was never informed about them as required under state law.
White's appeal asked that he be reinstated with full back pay and benefits. The board has 30 days schedule a hearing and notify his attorney of that date.