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Mayor's office gives White letter explaining firing

4 years 3 months 1 week ago February 13, 2013 Feb 13, 2013 Wednesday, February 13 2013 February 13, 2013 5:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office sent former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White a letter today listing more than a dozen reasons they want him fired.

The letter's 14 points include accusations of nepotism, destroying potentially-sensitive documents, and leaking confidential information or making inflammatory statements to the media.

Holden also said in the letter White is still technically an employee of the city, and on paid administrative leave pending a hearing later this month.

In the letter Holden said White bypassed required procedures when he hired his wife's godson as a K9 handler, and started him at a higher pay grade than was appropriate. Holden also claimed White "abused" his authority by inappropriately transferring people from "sensitive positions" in a way that jeopardized the city's collective bargaining agreement with the police union.

Holden and Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel gave White a letter notifying him of their intent to fire him on Feb. 6. In today's letter, Holden said after that meeting White went to the BRPD criminal records office and began shredding documents.

During a press conference last week, White's attorney Jill Craft said his termination had been due to politics between the mayor's office and police union. She said White tried to transfer the union president to a position which "required work," who went over his head to complain to Holden.

A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18 for White to appeal the termination. Craft said last week she wanted the hearing made public, and Holden said in today's letter that would be the case.

News 2 will have more on this developing story tonight at 10 p.m.

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