Officials: 'Effective immediately' Roddy Devall no longer Hammond police chief

Officials: 'Effective immediately' Roddy Devall no longer Hammond police chief

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - An interim police chief has been named in Hammond, LA, but it is unclear if Chief Roddy Devall was fired or if he resigned.

The interim police chief has been identified as Tommy Corkern.

Lisa Lambert with the City of Hammond says the change is effective immediately. When asked if he resigned or was fired, she replied, "No comment at this time."

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, officials with Hammond said:

Effective immediately, Roddy Devall has been removed from his position as Chief of Police of the City of Hammond as a result of a pending disciplinary matter originated by a complaint to the Hammond Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. Thomas Corkern will direct and supervise the operation of the Hammond Police Department as Assistant Chief and senior officer of the department and will report to the Director of Administration on all department matters. The position of Chief of Police remains vacant at this time.

In May 2014, the Hammond Police Chief was under investigation after two officers accused the chief of releasing too much information and jeopardizing the safety of one of the officer's children.

Officer Jennifer Payne Gautier was arrested in April 2014, and she claims Chief Devall violated a state law by allegedly giving out her home address in a media release.

Officer Gautier says she and her children were put at risk.

In 2014, Chief Devall was placed on a 30-day administrative leave after an investigation on alleged misconduct. The Hammond Civil Service Board voted unanimously after the officers demanded the investigation.

It is not clear if the situation in 2014 has any connection to today's decision to name an interim police chief.

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