The Town of Duson’s quest to hire a new Chief of Police isn’t going unnoticed. The Duson Council got a glimpse of the applicants. The mayor says 18 in all. “I can attract and hire officers who are educated. Bring in women officers, add sensitivity and understanding of human behavior,” said an applicant.
It’s nearly a month, since Duson has been without a Chief of Police; but not without leadership. The Interim Chief is Duson Police Officer Joe Caillet. Caillet is also an applicant for the job. “My vision for the Town of Duson is that I would like to continue working for the town even if it’s in the capacity of chief. I believe as an officer here I have some proven leadership skills,” notes Caillet.
Caillet is one of eighteen vying for the position. Seven came before the council Tuesday to put a face to the application. “When at Lafayette PD I done everything from bicycle patrol to mounted patrol to metro narcotics. I did a stint in detectives,” explains an applicant.
The mayor explained he’s not looking for a dictator. He noted Duson has some serious issues and he needs a chief who can handle them. “We need someone not with just knowledge of the law, but someone who can distribute the law impartially with compassion and in a sensible manner,” says another candidate.
Duson Councilman Jimmy Champagne said he feels it’s time for Duson to see a change. As for councilwoman Marquita Henry, she’s hoping for what she calls a “people person. “We’ve seen a change in the last month. We do have a drug problem here and I think that’s our biggest issue,” adds Champagne.
“The interim chief that we have is doing an excellent job. We got great applicants. Awesome applicants,” says Henry. The mayor says the applicants are from far and near. Some are from New York, Texas, Ville Platte, Abbeville. “I rose all the way to patrol commander where I was in charge of patrol division, until I left Scott went to Youngsville as an assistant chief over there,” says an applicant.