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Mayor Broome announces BRPD interim chief after Dabadie retires

BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie (Source: WAFB) BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie (Source: WAFB)
Interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam Interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has retired from his position and Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome has announced his temporary replacement. 

Chief Carl Dabadie has submitted a letter notifying me of his decision to retire from the Baton Rouge Police Department. He has requested and I have approved annual leave time until his last day of service on Oct. 2. I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.  As the leader of this city and parish, I commend him for more than three decades of service.

I have appointed Lt. Jonny Dunnam as interim chief. He is a veteran professional with almost 29 years of law enforcement expertise in police department policy and procedures.

Dunnam began his career in uniform patrol where he spent three years before moving to the criminal investigations division as a burglary detective. After spending eight years in criminal investigations, he began a 14-year stint in internal affairs as an investigator and supervisor. He has since spent the last three years as the department’s public information office commander.

Dunnam, a Baton Rouge native and graduate of Tara High School, is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy (Session 257). He holds a graduate certificate in criminal justice education from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Phoenix.

The interim chief will not be applying for the permanent position. A national search for a permanent chief will commence after the application process is opened. We will work with Human Resources and Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service on the process to advertise and fill the position. The process will begin immediately. 

According to reports, Dabadie told Broome's office two weeks ago he was retiring. The notice was just between Dabadie and Broome until Monday's announcement. The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board has amended the agenda for Thursday's meeting to include consideration of a request from the mayor's office to post and call for the competitive chief of police exam.

On Thursday, Dabadie turned in all the necessary paperwork needed for retirement and cleaned out his office over the weekend. 

I notified Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome of my intent to retire from the Baton Rouge Police Department. I will begin to use some accrued leave and retire on October 2, 2017.

Serving as Baton Rouge Police Chief has been the honor of my lifetime and the decision to retire did not come easily. I will leave behind a department I have been honored to serve for more than 30 years, and which my father proudly served before me.

I leave behind a very special family of law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day to keep our city safe. I want them to know, above all else, it has been my honor to serve as their Chief and I am extremely proud of the work they do. I trained most of them, I know their courage and their hearts, and I owe each of them my deepest gratitude for their service.

My heartfelt thanks go to the people of Baton Rouge for their tremendous support, especially throughout the worst year we have experienced during my time as chief. When officers made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty, the people of our city, parish and state stood with us as they always do. That bond will not be broken, even though some may try.

I want to express my appreciation to the members of the Metro Council who have supported both our men and women in uniform and me personally, working with us to maintain professional police standards. To my fellow law enforcement agencies, District Attorney Hillar Moore, Sheriff Gautreaux, Col Kevin Reeves, Col Mike Edmondson, I am grateful for your cooperation and the strong, effective working relationship we have built together. 

I also want to extend my personal thanks to former Mayor-President Kip Holden for his confidence in me and for the opportunity to lead one of the most prestigious police departments in the country.

Unfortunately, I am in a situation that will not serve our police department or the citizens of Baton Rouge.

My hope is that the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department will be allowed to perform their jobs according to state law, without prejudice, and that politics will not prevail over public safety.

May God bless the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

Dabadie’s job has been in jeopardy since the election of Broome, who vowed to put a new leader at the top of the police department. 

Broome, who was sworn into office in January, has said she believes the police department needs fresh leadership in the wake of the police shooting of Alton Sterling. However, the chief’s position was protected by civil service laws that prevented the mayor from terminating the chief without proper cause. 

Dabadie was sworn in as chief on February 25, 2013, following a tumultuous tenure by the previous chief, Dewayne White. 

A native of Baton Rouge, Dabadie graduated from Baker High School. He joined BRPD in 1985 as a second generation police officer just one year after his father, Lt. Carl Dabadie, Sr., was killed in the line of duty. 

Monday afternoon, Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson released a statement in response to Dabadie's retirement. The statement reads:

We greatly appreciate Chief Carl Dabadie's strong leadership and sacrifice in leading the men and women of the Baton Rouge City Police Department through a very difficult chapter in our city's history. Under his leadership, our federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have coordinated against violent crime in an unprecedented way. This unified front will remain essential in continuing to better our community by addressing the challenges we face. 

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