Senate Security Chief steps down after 32 years

Don Chaney
Don Chaney

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man who has served as the Senate Chief of Security is stepping down after 32 years. Don Chaney, 85, is wrapping up a storied career out of the Louisiana State Senate.

Chaney began his career as the Chief of Security after retiring from the Baton Rouge Police Department. He served 30 years there and retired as a Major.

"Tomorrow is my last day," says Chaney. "I'm just happy to get through. I've been here 32 years and I just loved working here. Nice people, I've got a lot of friends."

Back in 1970 when the Senate chamber was bombed, Chaney was one of the first responders. The upper chamber had been blasted by dynamite in protest; the case has never been solved. "Working on a Sunday afternoon, I was one of the first people to see curtains hanging out of the window burning," Chaney recalled.

Chaney was given a resolution on Wednesday on the Senate floor commemorating his 32 years of service. All total, Don Chaney has given 62 years to public service.

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