BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The current Baton Rouge police chief will reportedly extend holding the position until a replacement is found.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed Chief Murphy Paul will remain police chief until Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has selected a new police chief. Paul announced his resignation in July and his last day would be in November.

Over 20 candidates are still being interviewed by Mayor Broome’s police chief review committee. The committee is made up of council members, city officials, and members of the community.

Special metro council meetings were called for candidates to make their case in front of the review committee.

Mayor Broome released a statement saying the following:

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that Chief Murphy Paul will be extending his service at the Baton Rouge Police Department beyond his previously scheduled retirement date of November 3, 2023 to support a thorough evaluation of candidates and a smooth transition to the next appointed police chief.

The deadline to appoint a new chief is 60 days after the seat is vacated per RS 33:2494G

Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome