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BATON ROUGE- A string of emails News 2 obtained after filing a public records request weeks ago detail what former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White identified as micromanagement by Mayor Kip Holden's office.

Those claims also came to light during a public hearing on the chief's job status Monday.

One email dated Jan. 16, 2013 from Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel to Dewayne White reads, "Would you please run all the transfers by me prior to effectuating a transfer?"

One week later, White received a followup email from Daniel.

"You have made quite a few transfers," Daniel wrote.  "Would you please discuss those with me prior to putting them into effect."

At the hearing, White elaborated.

"On numerous occasions, you intercepted my transfer decisions because as I believe the Union was unhappy with them and I was ordered not to make anymore personnel decisions until you had approved them," White said.

Other emails also show the control Holden's office had over the Baton Rouge Police Department.  A routine request News 2 sent to the police department to interview the Chief last month was forwarded to three different people before the Mayor's CAO, William Daniel, authorized the Chief to do the interview.

As the positive tone in the emails continued to evaporate, the Chief was apparently being blamed for things beyond his control.

An email dated Feb. 4, 2013 between White and Daniel read: "I would respectfully request that you refrain from holding this office responsible should things go awry when we, the command staff are absent from the decision making process," White wrote.

Another email also details these issues.

"My culpability lies in believing my orders would be carried out to the letter... My motto now is, trust by verify; don't expect what you don't inspect," White stated.

City leaders told News 2 at least eight emails were withheld from us, citing an open investigation and confidential information. 

White's attorney, Jill Craft, said those emails should have been made public to News 2.  She called it "unacceptable."

White is appealing his termination to the municipal Police and Fire Civil Service Board.


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