PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Plaquemine Board of Selectmen voted to appoint a new interim police chief during a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The Board appointed Robert “Robbie” Johnson, III as interim Plaquemine Police Chief after former Chief Kenny Payne pled “no contest” to two counts of malfeasance in office. One count was for asking for sexual acts and the other was for allegedly requesting the dismissal of a case by the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson attended Southern University ROTC program, spent four years in the army, was discharged as a Staff Sargeant, and spent another four years with the Louisiana National Guard. He has been with the Plaquemine Police Department since 1988. After he retired in 2021, he returned as an administrator.

Johnson will serve as Interim Police Chief until a new chief is elected. Elections are scheduled to be held on March 25, 2023.