Harahan police chief resigns

Harahan Police Chief Mac Dickinson will step down Sunday and plans to begin a new job training recruits at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge the following day.

Dickinson, 42, was elected in January 2011 and said Friday night that while he has been honored to protect the people of Harahan, finishing his career teaching at the academy will be a dream come true for him.

“This is where I want to finish out my career, with the State Police, teaching at the training academy,” he said. “I’m at the point in my career where I want to give back to the younger troopers.”

Harahan Mayor Vinnie Mosca, who accepted Dickinson’s letter of resignation Monday afternoon, said the city will have a special meeting within 10 days to name an interim chief.

He said the city will try to avoid holding a special election and would like to have the interim chief serve until the regular election scheduled for October 2014, but won’t know for a few more days whether the law will allow it.

Mosca praised Dickinson for his integrity and for bringing in $400,000 in grants to the city during his three years.

“He did an excellent job and will be sadly missed,” he said. “He created a professional chief of police position.”