POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 4:14pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Lt. Carl Dabadie is officially the interim chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He will remain in charge until a new chief is appointed.
William Daniel with the mayor's office tells us the paper work is awaiting a signature on Holden's desk. Once Dabadie takes over as interim he'll be able to hold the position for 90 days.
Dabadie is already acting as interim after Holden fired former chief Dewayne White earlier this month.
Dabadie originally applied for the position of chief in 2011 and he made it to the top 11 candidates. However, he was not listed in the top five.
A formal appeal to schedule an examination for the position was filed on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Currently the mayor holds the power to appoint a candidate to the position of chief of police. However, a proposal has been submitted by the Metro Council to change that process. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the council will be asked to consider allowing the process to be decided by a public vote.
As for former chief White, his lawyer, Jill Craft, filed an appeal on Thursday, Feb. 21 with the State Civil Service Board. She says an appeal hearing will most likely take place in April.