BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor-President Kip Holden interviewed his three finalists for Baton Rouge Police Chief Tuesday morning.
The trio include Capt. Noel Salamoni, Capt. Carl Dunn and Provisional Police Chief Carl Dabadie. They are among 11 candidates who passed the chief's exam.
After the interviews, Holden confirmed the men were his three finalists. He told WAFB's Kiran Chawla he would likely announce his decision early next week.
Capt. Noel Salamoni, 53, was the first to interview for 35 minutes. A 31-year veteran of the force, he's currently the commander of the Special Operations Division. Salamoni scored 85 on the chief's test.
Capt. Dunn, 50, was next in line interviewing with Mayor Holden and Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel. His interview also lasted about 35 minutes. Dunn has been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for the past 29 years. He currently serves as a district commander. Dunn had an 85 on the chief's test.
Lt. Carl Dabadie, 48, was the last of the trio, also staying for 35 minutes. He's served BRPD for 27 years. Prior to being named the provisional police chief after former Police Chief Dewayne White was fired, he was chief of staff. Dabadie passed with an 84 on the test.
Chief Dabadie's provisional term ends August 20.
A total of 18 candidates applied for the police chief position. Eleven passed the test on May 22, 2013. The eight others who passed the test include James Drickamer (scored 91 on chief's test) Jonathan Dunnam (91), Patricia Tauzin (86), Myron Daniels (85), Bill Press (83), Bryan Taylor (82), Chad King (80) and Chris Johnson (78).