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Front-runner emerges in BRPD Chief selection process

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Posted: May 26, 2011 10:13 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: May 26, 2011 10:13 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: BRPD, Baton Rouge, chief, White, Holden, Louisiana State Police

BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the front runner for Baton Rouge Police Chief is State Police Maj. Donald Dewayne White.

Mayor Kip Holden will announce his decision today at a 10 a.m. press conference.

White, 51, is the commander of the emergency services unit at Louisiana State Police. He's been with the agency almost 20 years, but is a former Baton Rouge Police Officer.

We tried to contact the five remaining candidates today. Three responded. White declined comment, April Overman says she didn't get the job and Willard "Keith" Bates says he hasn't gotten a call.

The mayor wouldn't spill the beans Thursday evening.

He said, "I will select from one of the five people submitted to me by the committee and then just make the call and just ask God to give us strength and move the city forward."

The man filling the position now, Interim Chief Charles Mondrick, says a full plate is ahead for whoever is picked.

"They need a leader that's gonna stand up for them," he said, "They need a leader that's going to stand behind them. They need a leader that's going to come in and be a leader in every facet that a leader should be a leader. You get that, the people of this police department will stand behind them and do anything that's asked of them."

But something Mondrick knows the people want is a crack down on crime.

"In addition to learning the department and how the department functions, you have to start immediately," said Mondrick, "You have to start immediately dealing with the crime issues and I think we have some very good programs underway."

Those include the Violent Crimes Unit, the Crime Patrol unit, that's taken in excess of 100 guns off the streets in six months, and simply getting divisions to talk and work with one another.

But that's just a head start.

"I think it's very important for them to bring in new fresh ideas, but its also very important for them to understand the men and women of this police department, working with the initiatives and the ideas and their thought process and bringing in the new ideas from the chief, working together is what's gonna solve it," he said.

Mondrick says he'll help with the news chief's transition, even beyond his May 30th departure date.

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