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Sorrento voters can abolish police department

11 months ago June 13, 2014 Jun 13, 2014 Friday, June 13 2014 Friday, June 13, 2014 6:00:55 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing the Sorrento Town Council to ask voters to abolish the elected office of police chief and the police department.

Legislation was introduced by state Sen. Jody Amedee.

Mayor Mike Lambert asked for the legislation after Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. resigned Feb. 7. The resignation came as a requirement of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors who accused him of lying to an FBI agent about inappropriate sexual contact with a woman.

The newly law gives the council the power to call for an election to abolish the office of chief of police, the police department or both.

Lambert said Thursday he believes a majority of the council will take the steps to put such a measure on the ballot.

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