BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former Police Chief Dewayne White has announced he is dropping his bid to get his job back.
White's attorney Jill Craft said in a statement Thursday afternoon that her client, Dewayne White, does not want to work for East Baton Rouge City-Parish leaders.
White would have been going before the Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board May 13-15, 2013, to appeal his firing.
This decision comes a couple of weeks after a battle in court over whether cell phone records from a Zachary, LA woman's phone between White and the woman, should be admissible in court.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden fired White during a hearing on February 18, 2013 citing poor performance.
WAFB put in calls to Holden. "I have no comments to make to you," said Holden.
WAFB did put in calls to Holden's Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel. Those calls have not been returned.
Craft said White is exploring other opportunities; not necessarily in the law enforcement arena.
STATEMENT BY FORMER CHIEF WHITE
Today, I instructed my attorney to dismiss my appeal to the Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. I also instructed her to continue in her efforts to seek to maintain the contents of the cell phone private, as they are not public record, including taking whatever steps are necessary.
Before I was fired, I instructed my attorney to contact the Mayor's office in response to a large number of rumors I was hearing relating to my impending termination. My attorney did so and offered the olive branch of me simply and quietly announcing my resignation. In response and shortly after her call to Mr. William Daniel, Mayor Holden called my cell phone yelling obscenities about my choice of an attorney and that because I had hired that particular attorney, he was now going to fire me.
Weeks later after refusing to even consider my quiet resignation, Mr. Daniel informed me on February 6, 2013, that I was, indeed fired. That termination, however, would later be retracted when the Mayor's office recognized it could not summarily fire me because of civil service protection.
Since that time, there has been a lot done and a lot said. I have prayed about this entire situation which has deeply affected my wife, my family, my acquaintances, the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department, and this City.
I became Chief with the very clear mission of ending corruption, cronyism, crime, and making Baton Rouge a better and safer City. It is clear to me that in my attempts to accomplish these goals, I have ruffled feathers and stepped on toes.
I frankly did not realize how much my attempts to make the Department more accountable and the community a better place to live angered some very powerful persons. Nor did I realize to what lengths the Mayor's office and certain Baton Rouge Police officers would go to personally attack me, my wife, my family, my friends, and my acquaintances.
I dismissed my appeal today because, as much as I wish to continue serving the people of this community, I will not and do not ever want to work for this Administration.
As the events over the past few months have proven, there are no limits nor boundaries this Administration is unwilling to cross in order to further personal Vendettas. These include the most recent over the top expenditures of precious public resources, conducting a taxpayer-paid fishing expedition into my employment at Louisiana State Police, misuse of the criminal court system, tremendous overtime and pay to officers to work all night long to re-type into a "report" text messages from a personal cell phone for the sole purpose of trying to humiliate me and others.
In addition, I understand the Chairman of the Civil Service Board has applied for my position and that the Board, itself, is in the process of approving applications for my replacement - although no hearing on my appeal has even started. Yesterday, my attorney received a letter from the Board's counsel setting out procedures for my hearing that are fundamentally different from those employed by the Board in every other appeal in which I participated. I have significant concerns that the hearing process itself will not be tainted.
I wish to thank all of you who have continued to lift me and my family up in prayer. I am grateful for your support and with God's help we will move forward. My prayers are with the hard-working men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department, the City of Baton Rouge, and the Administration. In spite of the very obvious differences, it is time I rise above this fiasco and put my family, this community, and the future of the Department ahead of all else.
I hope, if nothing else, this episode has illuminated ways in which this City can move forward with more integrity, transparency, and accountability to the citizens of Baton Rouge.
Thank you and God bless.