LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The supposed deadline to hire Lafayette’s Chief of Police in Lafayette could be merely three weeks away. The Chairman of the Police Liaison Committee, Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux tells KLFY News that he believes the deadline to be November. “I know it was projected that they wanted to have someone in place by November with the new start of the fiscal year,” adds Boudreaux.
Initially, nine candidates were approved to take the civil service exam administered by the Louisiana State Examiners Office. Previously, Boudreaux went before the Civil Service Board to have the chief qualifications adjusted – that effort failed. “For a $100,000 or $125,000 year, for a city our size or a department our size it should have been more appealing. That was one of the issues that came about by having the qualifications especially with the college degree mandate as oppose to a tier,” notes Robideaux.
In September, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux was eventually given six names of qualified candidates to interview. “Mr. Robideaux I’m sure he’s making all his considerations and any options that are at his disposal,” says Boudreaux.
Boudreaux says the Police Liaison Committee doesn’t have direct oversight on hiring the next chief. However, the committee can encourage proper measures to be taken during the selection process. “We need to make sure that we get this thing right because the opportunity may not come around for some time,” explains the councilman.