New mayor faces police chief decision

MORGAN CITY, La. — Newly sworn-in Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi is in the process of interviewing six candidates for the city’s police chief.

The applicants qualified for the position of police chief, Grizzaffi said. So far, he has interviewed three candidates for police chief. He will be interviewing two candidates on Thursday and the final candidate early next week, he said.

“From there we’re looking to pare down to a second round, and then we’ll be ready (to name a new chief),” he said.

Grizzaffi expects to have selected a new police chief by the February City Council meeting.

The new mayor’s selection must also be approved by the City Council.

All of the candidates currently work in the Morgan City Police Department, he said.

The six candidates have all passed the civil service test qualifying them to become the next chief, Grizzaffi said.

They are Capt.. Mike Banks, Lt. Bo Blair, Assistant Chief Glenn Blanco, Lt. Travis Crouch, Sgt. Teddy Liner and Capt.. Mike Marino.

Any candidate applying for the position of police chief who takes the civil service police chief test and receives a score of 75 or higher is eligible to become police chief, said State Examiner Melinda Livingston.

When asked about what he is looking for in a new chief, Grizzaffi chose not to say as he still has candidates to interview and did not want to give any candidates an advantage over another, he said.

The salary of the chief is negotiable between the budgeted base pay of $61,000 and $70,000, he said.

The police chief position has been vacant since September when former chief Marc Folse retired. Folse had served as chief since May 2009. Folse was approved Monday by the mayor and city council as the city’s new chief administrative officer.

Blanco has been leading the department in the absence of a chief since Folse’s retirement. The police department employs 21 officers, six sergeants, three lieutenants, two captains and an assistant chief. The department has a total of 58 employees.

The police department has a 2013 budget of more than $3.5 million after having a 2012 amended budget of more than $3.3 million.

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