BR mayor creates committee to help with police chief search

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Wednesday she will create a committee of community leaders to aid in the search for a new Baton Rouge Police Department Chief.

Chief Murphy Paul announced he would be stepping away in July, effective Nov. 3.

“The 2017 open and transparent search for the chief of police yielded great benefits in selecting a leader, along with understanding the community’s position on the pressing issues at that time,” Broome said in a news release. “I believe this current search will be served well with the same approach.”

“This committee will be a diverse group of individuals who are not only citizens and elected officials from the community but have had consistent and keen involvement with community and policing matters,” she added.

“The committee will review the candidate’s application package, interview candidates, and recommend five finalists. These recommendations should be based on candidates who are experienced, progressive, and visionary in their efforts to tackle crime and continue the downward trajectory of violent crimes, utilize 21st-century policing tactics, maintain and grow the force, embrace community involvement, and display integrity and transparency.”

The committee’s recommendations will be taken under advisement, and Mayor Broome will choose the next chief.

Police Chief Review Committee

  • Mayor Pro Temp LaMont Cole
  • Jennifer Carwile
  • Michael McClanahan
  • Rev. Charles DeGravelles
  • Rev. Tommie Gipson
  • Kathy Victorian
  • Walt Green


  • Eugene Collins
  • Drake Brignac
  • Jazzika Matthews

Public meeting schedule

The meetings will take place in the Metropolitan Council Chambers.

  • October 17th at 4:00 p.m.
  • October 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • October 26th at 5:00 p.m.
  • November 1st at 4:00 p.m. (if needed)

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  1. For the sake of Baton Rouge, let’s hope they don’t try to hire another DEI rube. Leadership in Baton Rouge is pathetic…the apathy is palpable.

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