One of the finalist for the job has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Sammy Wyatt tells News Ten that he walked out of his interview Monday morning after only 15 minutes.
He is currently the Director of Investigative Audit Services at LSU and says the process is unethical and calls it “Louisiana Politics.”
Wyatt said “sources” told him that the new chief would be required to appoint Interim Police Chief Reginald Thomas as Deputy Chief.
He went on to say that he was told Captain Vaughn Burris has already been selected for the chief’s position and says the mayor and those on the interview committee refused to answer him when he questioned them about this.
Wyatt says he dropped out because he wouldn’t compromise his ethics, integrity, or principles.
LCG Chief Communications Officer Cydra Wingerter says Mayor-President Joel Robideaux will respond to the claims Wednesday.
The remaining finalists are:
Deputy Toby Aguillard, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office
Trooper James Benoit, Louisiana State Police
Sergeant Forrest Blanton, Lafayette Police Department
Captain Vaughn Burris, Lafayette Police Deprartment
Chief Joey Sturm, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department.
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux will make the final decision. The chief’s position opened up after former Chief Jim Craft retired on January 31st.
We will have more on this story tomorrow on News Ten.