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Napoleonville Police Chief Quits

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Posted: Apr 11, 2011 10:42 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Apr 12, 2011 3:39 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Napoleonville Mayor, Napoleonville Police Chief, Napoleonville City Council Meeting, Napoleonville Police Chief Resigns

NAPOLEONVILLE- As of Monday night, there's only one police officer in Napoleonville. After receiving a letter of suspension from the town's Mayor, Police Chief Roland Rodrigue did not show up to hear his own resignation accepted by the Napoleonville City Council.

In a previous interview with News2, Rodrigue complained of micro managing from the Mayor, Ron Animashon.

But Mayor Animashon says Rodrigue simply did not do his job. He told News 2, "[Rodrigue] wasn't coming to work so I figure we had to do something. The Mayor has the power of suspension so we just did a suspension after he said he wasn't coming back."

Rodrigue did submit his resignation on Monday, and the City Council accepted it, but that wasn't good enough for one member of the audience, Raymond Thomas.

Thomas requested a written description of the process the Mayor used to find his last Police Chief, but told the board he never expected to receive it because he believed the Mayor had ignored him in the past.

Thomas also believes the Mayor, who is attending the Police Academy, wants to run the police department.

However, the Mayor says the Police Academy classes are a way for him to learn the the police department's policies since he has to supervise it.

There was also a question raised about the Mayor's vehicle--a Chevy Tahoe donated from the police department. He tells News 2 the vehicle is necessary because of the age of his personal vehicle.

The Mayor says he will start looking for a new police chief this summer.

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