Five more apply for police chief’s position

by Jim Mustian

Advocate staff writer

Five more people applied Monday to take the civil service exam to become Baton Rouge’s next police chief.

The deadline is Tuesday afternoon.

The new submissions — all veteran Baton Rouge police officers — brought to nine the total number of applicants seeking to succeed ousted Police Chief Dewayne White.

Submitting applications Monday were Cpl. Myron K. Daniels, Sgt. Jonathan S. Dunnam, Lt. Todd Lee, Capt. Noel Salamoni and Maj. Patricia Tauzin, according to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board.

The board will approve applications at its April 18 meeting. The two-part test will be given May 22 at the River Center downtown.

Daniels, 38, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has been with the department since 1998, according to information submitted to the board. He received a medal of valor, the department’s highest award, after he was shot in the abdomen in 2008 while pursuing a suspect.

Daniels also serves as capital area president of the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association. He previously took the chief’s exam in 2011.

Dunnam, 44, also has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has been on the force since 1989, according to the board. He previously took the chief’s test in 2005 and 2011.

Dunnam is serving as the Police Department’s representative on a panel of officials examining the feasibility of merging law enforcement agencies in the parish.

Lee, 45, has been with the department since 1986, according to the board. He has been involved in the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elmination crime-fighting initiative.

He also was named supervisor of the year for 2006. Lee previously applied for the chief’s exam in 2011.

Tauzin, 58, has served in the department since 1975 and is the first woman to achieve the rank of major in the department. She previously applied to take the chief’s test in 2000.

In November 2009, Tauzin was shot in the leg while working extra duty at a dance party. She told investigators at the time that she ran off some unruly youths before being wounded in the leg in the rear parking lot of the McKinley Alumni Center, according to news accounts.

Salamoni, 53, has been with the department since 1981, according to the board. A former president of the Baton Rouge Union of Police Local 237, Salamoni currently supervises the department’s Special Operations Division.

Applicants must meet one of three criteria to qualify for the test, according to the Office of State Examiner: