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See who passed the test to become BRPD's next chief; list of candidates narrowed slightly

8 months 1 week 5 days ago Friday, October 06 2023 Oct 6, 2023 October 06, 2023 11:28 AM October 06, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The list of candidates vying to become BRPD's next chief of police was whittled down to 21 viable options on Friday.

The Baton Rouge Civil Service Board shared the scores of 22 applicants who took the civil service test. Two candidates who expressed interest in the opening back in August were no-shows for the exam.

Former Chief of Police Greg Phares says the applicants need to be able to deal with 'type A' personalities. 

"You have to be a strong manager, but you have to be a fair manager," Phares said.

A minimum score of 75 is required to be considered for the opening. Twenty-one candidates scored 75 or better. The average score was 81. For candidates, the test changes for each cycle. 

"The ones in the past, they give you situations that you have to make decisions on, have to make public statements on, the things a chief is called upon to do," he said.

The highest score isn't the outright pick. Anyone who scored above the threshold is still considered a viable candidate. Bill Profita with the police union added that the ultimate decision falls on the mayor. 

"They will review their qualifications outside of the test, just like anybody who sits in on a job interview," Profita said.

In September, Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome noted if she didn't like her options, it was back to square one.

"I will start the process over, if I cannot find the experience, the courage, the vision and the leadership set to address the needs we have in and out of our department," Broome said.

See the full list below. 

The complete list of applicants follows.

-Clifton Ivey, Jr.: Central Police Department Assistant Chief
-Terrance Watkins: Former BRPD Lieutenant, Shift Commander
-Darren Ahmed: BRPD Public Information Officer
-David Wallace: BRPD Captain
-Brian Strong: BRPD Corporal, Detective
-Kevin Heinz: BRPD Captain, Violent Crimes Unit Commander
-Jason Martin: BRPD Commander Health and Safety Division
-Timothy Henderson: Private Investigator, former BRPD Lieutenant 
-Varden Guillory: DOTD, Motorist Assistance Patrol
-Chris Polito: BRPD Captain, Special Operations Bureau Commander
-Conrad Joachim: Ochsner Hospital Security Manager
-Thomas Morse, Jr.: BRPD Commander, Training Services Division
-L’Jean McKneely, Jr.: BRPD Lieutenant, Public Information Officer
-Michael McCarley: BRPD Captain, Internal Affairs Division
-Michael Manning: BRPD Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Staff
-Andrew Malveaux: Lake Charles Police Dept. Sergeant, Professional Standards Division
-Darryl Honoré: BRPD Captain
-Alvin Davis: FedEx Operations Manager
-Myron Daniels: BRPD Deputy Chief
-Sharon Douglas: BRPD Sergeant, Training Academy Director
-Congalona Kersh: Sergeant, Court Liaison
-Timothy Ballard: BRPD Lieutenant
-William Clarida III: BRPD Captain
-Thomas Glover

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