Former Jennings police chief arrested

A former Jennings police chief who remained on the force after he stepped down as chief in 2010 has been arrested on suspicion that he removed items from the Police Department’s evidence room, according to State Police.

Johnny Lassiter, 52, resigned from the department on Jan. 8, and was arrested Friday, according to a news release from State Police, which assisted in the investigation.

Lassiter served as chief from 2006 until 2010, Jennings police Capt. Winston Guillory said Monday.

Guillory declined further comment, referring additional questions to Chief Todd D’Albor and Mayor Kerry Duhon.

D’Albor was out of the office Monday, his office said, and unavailable for comment. Efforts to reach Duhon for comment Monday afternoon were unsuccessful.

State Police said Lassiter is charged with one count each of theft over $1,500, malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and injuring public records. An investigation continues, State Police said. Lassiter was booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail, then transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center “for safety reasons,” State Police said, where he is being held on $100,000 bond.

Jennings police requested assistance from State Police, which led to an audit of the department’s evidence room and to Lassiter’s arrest, the news release said. Lassiter stepped down as police chief in August 2010 after Duhon appointed D’Albor to chief.