Community wants new chief not to repeat history
BATON ROUGE - The deadline to apply for the Baton Rouge Police chief ended Tuesday, and city leaders hope whoever gets the job was taking notes from former Chief Dewayne White.
"The main thing with any chief is to first of all fight crime," Baton Rouge Pastor Dale Flowers said. "That's priority one."
"One of the things I enjoyed from our former chief was his ability to seem to bring the community together," Metro Council member Tara Wicker said.
But while there are certain aspects where the new chief could learn from the former on how to handle the position, Wicker believes he or she could also learn how not to handle the position.
"The ability to manage the relationships with the mayor's office, the police unions, the community, which that is a tall task for anyone to manage that process," Wicker said.
Both Flowers and Wicker agree they don't want to see the new chief's tenure end like White's. Mayor Kip Holden fired White and accused him of him of insubordination and violating departmental policies. In return, White accused the mayor's office of micromanaging him and appealed the firing.
Seventeen people applied to take over the position. Two more are expected in the mail but must be postmarked by April 9.