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Residents willing to give interim BRPD chief a chance

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BATON ROUGE- The search is on for the next Baton Rouge Police chief, after city leaders asked the municipal Civil Service Board to schedule exams for the position.

Lieutenant Carl Dabadie is currently leading the department. He was appointed to the position Wednesday by Mayor-Persident Kip Holden, who fired former chief Dewayne White.

Dabadie, who's served more than 25 years on the force, applied for the chief's position back in 2011 after then-chief Jeff Leduff stepped down.

People we spoke to in Baton Rouge said they're willing to see what the interim chief has to offer.

"I say go for it, you never know about anybody until they do something wrong," said parish resident Brian LeBlanc 

Neighbors in the city's most crime-stricken area, 70805, are willing to give Dabadie a try.

"Everybody deserves a chance to prove what they can do for the city and it's always room for improvement," said Vicki Baptiste.

Lt. Dabadie's appointment will last for up to three months, and could be extended an additional three months as the city-parish searches for the next chief of police.

White appealed his firing today to the Civil Service Board, asking to be reinstated to the position. He said the termination was done in bad faith, and should be ruled null because it violated state laws and procedures.

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