Interim Police Chief named after New Roads Police Chief resigns

NEW ROADS — Assistant Police Chief James Johnson has been tapped as the interim police chief for the New Roads Police Department after Delaney Lee resigned Tuesday.

Lee said that his resignation was a mutual decision between himself and New Roads Mayor Theron Smith. This development occurred just hours before a city council meeting on Tuesday night, during which Lee’s employment status was anticipated to be discussed in an executive session following allegations of sexual harassment. Lee vehemently denies the allegations, asserting that they are simply not true.

“The mayor has proof (the allegations aren’t true),” Lee told UWK Tuesday. “The mayor has everything, and he’s going to release the information tonight.”

Lee says he’s going to take a few days to determine his next steps.

“The only thing I was worried about was getting cleared of those allegations,” he said. “When I got the proof that was done, I was satisfied.”

Lee, who was previously an officer with the New Roads Police Department before working with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, assumed the role of police chief in January 2023, succeeding longtime police chief Kevin McDonald, who retired at that time.

UWK reached out to Mayor Smith, but have not yet heard back. Lee says that he is unaware of a possible permanent replacement. He believes that it will be “someone from the outside.”

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