Mayor Broome announces BRPD interim chief after Dabadie retires

Interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam
Interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - 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.

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.

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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