Posted: Sep 19, 2013 6:12 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 6:23 PM
The Secretary of State's office officially received Arnaudville Police Chief Richard Mizzi's resignation letter yesterday.
Mizzi's resignation isn't effective for a week and a half. After that date, an interim chief must be appointed until a special election can be held.
The town's attorney, Richard Haik Jr., says town officials haven't yet chosen the replacement chief.
"We don't have a timetable for that, because technically we still have a chief at this time. That will be announced between Oct. 2 and Oct. 22. The town will make that announcement," says Haik.
A special election will then be held for the remainder of Mizzi's term.
Haik says the town will also have to announce when that special election will occur. According to the Secretary of State's office, the next scheduled election is going to be in April.
The specially elected chief will serve until the next general election in November, 2014.
In the meantime, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says he's prepared to step in and help.
"There's an ethical thing here. If a chief of police is in place and he or she are doing their job, normally the sheriff should not step in and take over, but in this case, the chief of police admitted he was not going to do anything more," says Guidroz.
Haik says rumors about the Sheriff's Office taking over the police department are false.
Town officials want to keep their own police department, if at all possible.