Board approves 17 for police chief’s exam

The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board has approved 17 applications of people vying to become Baton Rouge’s next police chief. The board rejected two applications that failed to meet minimum qualifications.

The approved list of candidates includes Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii, a last-minute application post-marked before the April 9 deadline. All of the candidates are veteran law enforcement officials.

The civil service board reviewed the applications in executive session Thursday and cleared the qualifying candidates to take the civil service exam on May 22. Applicants must score a 75 percent or higher to pass the test.

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. 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 accused White of making inappropriate transfers, showing favoritism to a hire and violating other department policies. White announced Thursday he was dropping his termination appeal to the civil service board.

Among the approved applicants is Carl Dabadie, the provisional police chief appointed upon White’s dismissal. Of the 17 candidates, 13 serve in the Baton Rouge Police Department, including Dabadie.

The others are: Cpl. Myron K. Daniels, Sgt. Jonathan S. Dunnam, Lt. Todd Lee, Capt. Noel Salamoni, Maj. Patricia Tauzin, Capt. James G. Drickamer, Lt. Carl Keith Dunn, Sgt. Darryl W. Honore, Sgt. Christopher J. Johnson Sr., Lt. Don Kelly, Sgt. Chad King, and Sgt. Bryan Taylor, who serves as chairman of the civil service board.

Other candidates are Baton Rouge Deputy Constable Leo J. Lamotte, Gonzales Police Officer Christopher P. Hagan Sr., and Bill D. Press, the former police chief of Fairhope, Ala.

At least 11 applicants have applied previously for the police chief position: Dabadie, Daniels, Drickamer, Dunn, Dunnam, Hagan, Johnson, Kelly, Lamotte, Lee and Tauzin.

Cpl. Chris Stewart, president of the local police union, has said he is pleased with the amount of applicants, adding he has “the utmost confidence in the mayor-president to make the best possible selection for the people of Baton Rouge.”