8 applicants accepted for Louisiana city’s police chief post

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Ten people have applied for the Alexandria Police Chief’s position but the city’s Fire and Police Civil Service Board has accepted only eight of the applications.

The new chief will replace former Chief Jerrod King, who left the department in November.

The city appointed Capt. Ronney Howard to Interim Police Chief at the end of last year,

In December, the board voted to extend the application deadline after only four applicants were submitted and all came from within the department.

The city asked for the extension to try to get a broader range of applicants to choose from.

Out of the eight applicants accepted, four of them currently work for the department, including Cedric Green, Andrew Windham, Sammie Dauzat, and current interim Police Chief Ronney Howard, KALB-TV reported. Patrick VanDyke and John Griffith’s applications were also accepted and they are both retired from the department, the station said.

The other two applications accepted were Varden Guillory from the Eunice Police Department and Marcus Mitchell from the Shreveport Police Department.

The next step will be for the accepted applicants to take an exam on March 4. Following that, the results will be sent to Mayor Jeff Hall’s administration for review, interviews and then a selection will be made.

Brian Cespiva, general counsel for the Alexandria Fire and Police Civil Service Board, said since the selection process only involves eight applicants, it could be done quickly and the next police chief could be determined by the end of March.

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