BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Note: Kiran Chawla will have more on her 9News Investigation throughout the day, including new emails and more reaction from the LSU campus.
Was there actually a nationwide search for a new LSU police chief last year, or did LSU just try to make the public believe that was the case?
An email from LSU Vice President of Human Resources A.G. Monaco, released as part of a public records request by WAFB, appears to indicate some of the hiring process was just a farce.
LSU hired Bart Thompson as police chief after removing a long-standing requirement that the chief have a college degree. Thompson does not have a degree.
Many others from across the nation, including former Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, applied for the job. The day after Thompson was officially announced as the new chief, Monaco sent an email to his boss, Dan Layzell.
The subject of the email was "Advocate Article on Chief," apparently referring to this article from The Advocate newspaper where it was reported that Thompson was hired after a "nationwide search."
The email read:
WAFB requested copies of many of Monaco's emails covering the past two years. In one of his emails, Monaco referred to the media as the "fu*king press."