La. State Police commissioner resigns, criticizes Col. Mike Edmonson

La. State Police commissioner resigns, criticizes Col. Mike Edmonson

RUSTON, LA (WAFB) - A member of the Louisiana State Police Commission sent a letter of resignation to Gov. John Bel Edwards with complaints about the superintendent of Louisiana State Police just days before a US senator said the head of the agency needs to step down.

Lloyd Grafton claimed in the letter that Col. Mike Edmonson does whatever he chooses to do.

"He has no credibility when it comes to the truth, lavish spending, accepting of gifts, taking credit for awards others have earned, destroying evidence, and the list goes on and on," Grafton stated in the resignation letter.

Lee Zurik with WVUE-TV did an investigation that detailed a pricey conference trip that included a stay in Las Vegas for four troopers.

"He has demonstrated that he is intent on being the tallest hog at the trough," US Sen. John Kennedy said of Edmonson during an interview with Zurik. "And this is all taxpayer money."

According to the investigation, the trip cost taxpayers about $70,000.

RELATED: Zurik: Kennedy calls for State Police head's resignation

Below is the transcript of Grafton's resignation letter:

Feb. 22, 2017

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