Mayor Holden set to announce future BRPD Chief by early next week
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — In just a few days Mayor Kip Holden has said he will be making a decision on who will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department as chief.
The three finalists all interviewed with Mayor Holden Tuesday. Holden has told NBC33 in the past that he is looking for a candidate who will help the department and the relationship with the Baton Rouge community.
The three finalists that interviewed with the mayor were interim chief Lt. Carl Dabadie, Cpt. Noel Salamoni and Cpt. Carl Dunn. All three currently work for the Baton Rouge Police Department.
There were 18 people who originally applied for the job, 11 passed the chief’s exam and the three interviewed Tuesday were chosen to move on in the process by the mayor.
NBC33 caught up with interim chief Carl Dabadie after his interview on Tuesday, he said he is hoping to get the job, but told us that whoever the mayor chooses should be able to work with the community.
"We just need to bridge the gap between the community and the police department. That is our biggest issues right now. We are working through our BRAVE initiative, our street ops initiative to get our officers out of the cars and shaking hands with community members and talking to the community," said Dabadie.
With prior chiefs Holden wanted a committee to narrow the list from everyone who passed the test to ten finalists, this time though, he choose to interview just three candidates.
"I am satisfied with the quality of people we have as finalist, all are very sharp.
it's just a matter of analyzing and figuring out who is the best candidate,” said Mayor Holden, after his interviews with the finalists.
Holden has said he expects to make a decision by early next week and said he is analyzing the candidates and their qualifications with his Chief Administrative Officer, William Daniel.