Holden to announce BR police chief Wednesday

Holden to name next police chief

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden plans to announce Baton Rouge’s next police chief on Wednesday.

The announcement is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Metro Council chambers.

Holden said last week that he had narrowed his search to three finalists: Provisional Chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Carl Dunn and Capt. Noel Salamoni.

Holden has said he is looking for a chief who will emphasize community policing and restore department morale after his controversial firing in February of former Police Chief Dewayne White.

“If you have good morale, (officers) are more amenable to doing the assignments handed down to them,” Holden said last week.

White was fired after being accused of insubordination and a number of departmental policy violations. He had accused Holden of trying to micromanage him.

Dabadie has been with the department since 1986 and previously served as White’s chief of staff. He also has served as a motorcycle officer, academy staff instructor and academy director.

Dunn serves as commander over the Police Department’s 1st District and has been with the department since July 1983.

Salamoni is a former president of the Baton Rouge Union of Police Local 237 and has been with the department since 1981.