Metro Council to discuss possibility of letting voters pick next chief of police

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 10:00pm

Baton Rouge voters may get the chance to elect the city's next police chief. As one Metro Council woman puts it, she wants to see politics taken out of the process.

According to reports, at tomorrow night's Metro Council meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 13, Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle will help try to make the police chief an elected position. This is in response to the recent firing of Dewayne White, which blindsided the community.

Although it would take a few steps to make it happen, it’s possible to put the position to a vote.

Meanwhile, the man who fired White may have done it illegally, according to state civil service laws.

Robert Lawrence with the state Civil Service Board says by law Mayor Holden was supposed to go through certain steps before letting the police chief go, but he didn’t follow that procedure.

White plans to put up a fight to get his job back. His attorney, Jill Craft, wants to make his appeal hearing on February 18, 2013 open to the public.


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