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Denham Springs police captain fights for his job

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 06 2015 Jan 6, 2015 January 06, 2015 4:21 AM January 06, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

DENHAM SPRINGS - A police captain accused of covering up an officer's drug problem went in front of the city's civil service board Monday to fight for his job.

Denham Springs Police Captain Steve Kistler and Chief Scott Jones are under investigation for the possible cover-up and mismanagement within the department.

The Civil Service Board accuses Kistler of "exhibiting angry inappropriate behavior" during an argument with an officer in June, "committing a disrespectful outburst" in front of the board in November and "participating in covering up" a former officer's drug issue as well as other issues.

Bradley Rhorer who is former mayor Jimmy Durbin's son, defended Kistler at the hearing.

Rhorer said Kistler made his outburst because he was told by Durbin and the city attorney to refuse to answer questions about an internal investigation into Sgt. Russell Munsell's drug problem.

At the hearing, Durbin and the city attorney confirmed they ordered Kistler not to talk about Munsell's internal investigation while it was pending for privacy and legal reasons.

Munsell is no longer on the force after he tested positive for steroids and other illegal drugs.

Rhorer also put the chairman of the board, Sgt. Clay Gillespie on the stand. Gillespie has refrained from participating in the investigation into Kistler.

Rhorer claimed a complaint Gillespie made in 2011 against Kistler, in which the captain got a written reprimand, shows Gillespie has a grudge against Kistler.

Gillespie denied that claim.

"The circumstances and conditions of our department greatly changed after the conclusion of these proceedings which started April 4th, 2011," Gillespie said.

More than 17 people have been subpeonaed to testify in front of the board.

Detective Glenn Lemoine came to Kistler's defense saying the captain was never involved in any drug problems.

The board is expected to make a decision on Kistler's job in the near future. The chief's hearing is on Thursday.


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