Two appointed to fire, police civil service board

Lafayette interim police chief Reginald Thomas speaks during a meeting of the Fire and Police Civil Service Board to determine wether to change qualifications to apply for chief of police at City Hall May 18, 2016. (Photo: LEE CELANO/THE ADVERTISER)

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – Two people were appointed Tuesday to the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board, which has been embroiled in controversy over establishing qualifications for the city’s police chief.

Dwight Prudhomme and Wayne Prejean were appointed to the non-paying, volunteer board Tuesday by the Lafayette City-Parish Council.

They were among four names submitted by University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Joseph Savoie.

Prudhomme, who served on the board from 2011-12 and resigned because of his job schedule, was appointed to serve the remaining month of an unexpired term, plus the next four years.

Prejean described himself as being in sales but he will be retiring June 30. He was appointed for four years as well.

Craig Forsyth, a UL professor, resigned from the fire and police civil service board after Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux suggested public officials should not serve on the board.

The civil service board rejected police chief qualifications suggested by Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and reverted to old qualifications.

Under those qualifications, interim Police Chief Reginald Thomas cannot apply for the permanent position.

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