SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - The town of Sorrento held a special council meeting Wednesday, which also included a public apology from the police chief.
"We are not going to single out anyone. There is a time and place for that and this isn't the venue."
Instead, Police Chief Earl Theriot elected to speak and admitted to recently using a racial slur in the presence of one of the department's black officers.
"I apologized to him. I'm sincere and I want him back. He was a good officer when I had him," said Theriot.
The officer publicly accepted Theriot's apology and the council later voted to change that deputy's status from part-time to full-time bringing the town's police force to four, which is still two officers below a full staff.
"He chose to speak and man up to it. The officer accepted his apology and I think we are going to move forward from there," added Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker.
Others are not so convinced and have not ruled out further disciplinary action against Theriot.
"We want to separate ourselves from that," said Councilman James Adams. "As a council we don't want, we don't want to be a part of using those kind of words and that kind of practice of hiring people."