LSU expected to name new police chief Friday

Bart Thompson
Bart Thompson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU is expected to announce its new police chief Friday.

Sources say acting police chief Bart Thompson has informed several colleagues that he's been hired for the position but neither Thompson nor LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard would confirm that information when contacted by WAFB Thursday afternoon.

Thompson has been in the role of acting chief for several months.

Multiple people applied for the position including former Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie.

Some of the applicants were notified this week that they were not chosen.

Last June, when then LSUPD Chief Lawrence Rabalais abruptly resigned, LSU announced it would launch a nationwide search for his replacement.

Thompson initially said he did not want the permanent job.

"It is important for you to know that I am not eligible, nor am I interested in applying for the position of Chief of Police," Thompson wrote in a June 11 email to LSUPD staff.

However, Thompson later changed his mind and notified his staff in a November 9 email that he would be applying for the permanent position.

Thompson does not have a college degree, which was initially a requirement for the job. However, LSU recently changed that long-standing requirement, making Thompson eligible to apply.

In response to a WAFB public records request, LSU said it would release a full list of all applicants for the job by Friday.

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