Lafayette police chief candidate test scores released

Six candidates have taken a test to be the next chief of the Lafayette Police Department.
(Photo: Advertiser file photo)
Six candidates have taken a test to be the next chief of the Lafayette Police Department. (Photo: Advertiser file photo)

(The Daily Advertiser) – The Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board has released the test scores — all passing — for six candidates to be the city’s next police chief.

Samuel Wyatt received a 91 on the test.

Phillip Vaughn Burris and Joey Sturm each received an 89 on the test.

Toby Aguillard received an 87.

Forrest Blanton received an 83.

James Benoit received a 78.

Initially, nine candidates were approved to take the test. However, only six have taken the exam and are now eligible for the position.

The scores will be sent to Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, who will choose the next chief.

The Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board approved the scores without discussion Wednesday morning.

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Wyatt is a former Bossier City Police sergeant with 24 years of combined law enforcement experience.

Burris is a captain in the Lafayette Police Department and an assistant to the chief. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 26-year veteran of the department.

Sturm has been the chief of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department for the past six years. He previously worked at the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Aguillard is the director of a special internet crimes investigation unit for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. He previously was an assistant district attorney for the Louisiana Department of Justice and the 38th Judicial District Court.

Blanton is a sergeant in the Lafayette Police Department, and an 18-year veteran in planning and research at the department.

Benoit has worked for Louisiana State Police for the past nine years. He previously worked for two years with the Lafayette Police Department and five years with the UL Police Department.

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