Thibodaux chief withdraws application for BR police chief

Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii said Sunday he has withdrawn his application to become Baton Rouge’s next police chief.

Silverii said in an email that he thought over the decision and chose to remain committed to Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete.

“He has been responsible for providing a positive environment within the City of Thibodaux, and supporting my career,” Silverii said.

Silverii also said he wants to focus on other professional obligations, such as serving on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee and working as an executive fellow for the Police Foundation, a national research organization dedicated to innovating policing techniques.

“While I’m hopeful a time may come in the future when I’m led to serve the people of Baton Rouge, I know God has a plan for me in Thibodaux,” he said.

Silverii was one of 17 people whose applications were approved April 18 by the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board to take the police chief’s exam May 22.

All of the candidates are veteran law enforcement officials.

The board will approve exam scores and forward the names of those who passed to East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, who will select the city’s next police chief. Applicants must score a 75 percent or higher to pass.

Holden has not said whether he will rely on an advisory committee, as he has previously, in making his selection.

The position became open Feb. 18 when Holden fired former Police Chief Dewayne White.

Holden said White made inappropriate transfers, showed favoritism and violated other department policies. White accused Holden of micromanagement and claimed the police union played a role in his ouster.

White announced April 18 he was dropping his termination appeal to the civil service board.