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Metro Council to examine electing police chief

4 years 3 months 1 week ago February 12, 2013 Feb 12, 2013 Tuesday, February 12 2013 February 12, 2013 2:05 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss the possibility of letting voters in the city of Baton Rouge elect the police chief.

"It is something that I want to discuss," Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said. Marcelle added the discussing to Wednesday's Metro Council agenda.

The Mayor's firing last week of Dewayne White, the police chief of nearly two years, prompted the discussion. Council members who were not happy White was fired suggest if the chief is elected, the person in charge of the department will be immune to the politics connected with the mayor's office.

White blames the police union for pushing Mayor Kip Holden to fire him because he made personnel changes inside the department. Union representatives did not welcome those changes.

Holden refused to comment on the matter, and said it was a personnel issue. The union released a statement chastising the chief and supporting the decision to fire White.

The union said White's tenure as chief resulted in "the most tumultuous era ever within the Baton Rouge Police Department."

More on this story on News 2 at 5 & 10 and later on WBRZ.com

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