Two qualify to run for Brusly police chief in special election

Two men qualified this week for the special election to select a new Brusly police chief.

Jonathan Jules Lefeaux and Paul D. Marionneaux, both of Brusly, have entered the race to complete the current term of former Police Chief Jamie Whaley, according to the Louisiana secretary of state’s website Friday.

Whaley resigned from office in April after he was indicted on charges of malfeasance in office and theft.

Whaley, who was in the second year of his four-year term in office, was sentenced to 18 months’ supervised probation and imposed a $500 fine in a plea agreement after an investigation by the state Inspector General’s Office and the FBI revealed he had used a fleet services credit card to charge $1,120 in gasoline between Jan. 2, 2013, and Jan. 3, 2014.

After leaving office, Whaley was arrested in June on accusations of forgery, theft and malfeasance in office for allegedly misappropriating seven firearms owned by the town.

The former chief entered a not guilty plea Aug. 5 to the new counts.

Col. Richie Johnson, with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was appointed as interim police chief in April by the Town Council until a new chief could be selected in the Nov. 4 special election.

The position pays a salary of $37,400 a year.