Johnson picked as Interim Chief for Brusly Police Department

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:01am

Richie Johnson is a colonel at the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, and a veteran of the Brusly Police Department.
On Saturday, he'll have another role: interim police chief of the Brusly Police Department. The Brusly Town Council voted Tuesday to appoint Johnson as the town's top cop, until voters can pick a new chief in November.

"It makes me feel good that the work I've put in the last 26 years has been noticed by people. In my mind it's paid off," Johnson said.

"Well, It means a lot that we have a veteran police officer, but also a person who is willing to devote the time to do this job and get things straightened out," Joey Normand, Mayor of Brusly, said.

Voters in Brusly said they like the council's choice.

"I was pleased with it. I'll like to say he'll do a good job," John Duggan, Brusly resident, said.

"Actually, I was very glad," Marla Toullier, Brusly resident, said. "I don't know him personally, but I know of him. He has a really good reputation, and a very honest man."

Earlier this month Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pled guilty to one count of Malfeasance in office. He also announced would resign. His last day on the job will be April 25.

Now people say they're ready to move forward.

"It's a good thing," Toullier said. "...I don't think the other police chief was a terrible man, but I think the new police chief is a step in the right direction."

"More than anything I would like the citizens to get the message that we have a really good group of guys down there that are capable and qualified to do the job," Johnson said.

Johnson said he would not run for the police chief position this November.

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