BRUSLY, LA (WAFB) - The town of Brulsy named Richie Johnson Interim Police Chief Tuesday evening during a special council meeting. Johnson is an officer with 26 years of law enforcement experience including Assistant Chief with Brusly and Colonel with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
"I think the council has taken decisive action now which indicates we're ready to move on and we will," said Brulsy Mayor Joey Normand.
Johnson says it's an opportunity to help provide stability for his hometown.
"You've got eight police officers uncertain about their future and you know I think right now it's a trying time for everyone and we all need to come together and make sure the citizens are protected," said Johnson.
Johnson's selection was also supported by the man he replaces. Less than a week after Jamie Whaley pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office for charges related to using town fuel cards to fill up personal vehicles, he says he is ready to put the entire situation behind him.
"It's something that came along and I had to deal with it and I'm glad the council made the decision to put a good man in here for now and in November we'll see who runs and hopefully they get somebody to help keep carrying the town forward," said Whaley.
Johnson is eligible to run for fulltime police chief in November, but says he'd rather help the new person in charge when it comes time.
"I will not seek the elected position in November, but I will be able to assist whichever chief is elected and you know step back and provide that supporting role as assistant chief if requested," added Johnson.
Johnson will take over as police chief effective April 26. The general election for Brusly Police Chief will be held Nov. 4.