St. Landry

Apr 25, 2012 11:02 PM by Shawn Kline

Arnaudville Police jumping ship because of Chief?

Arnaudville Police Officers; are they leaving the department because of the chief? On Monday, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz had some harsh criticism toward Arnaudville's Chief Richard Mizzi.

"If you want to be a Chief of Police that rides around in a car and smokes a cigar and draws a salary doing nothing and let the people reelect you every four years, that's easy to do," Sheriff Guidroz said. "If you're going to be an effective law enforcement leader then you have to be able to lead people and tell them what to do and how to do it."

Guidroz announced his frustrations with Chief Mizzi, but he's not the only one frustrated with the way the chief runs his department:

Not one, but two officers abruptly left the police department in just the past two weeks. The latest one to leave? That happened Tuesday afternoon.

One source close to the police department said the officers left Arnaudville because of a lack of leadership in the department. This source tells KATC Chief Mizzi was never at work and cancelled training sessions for officers when the program was already paid for by town council.

KATC Reporter Shawn Kline stopped by the police department this afternoon to ask Chief Mizzi about these resignations but was told the chief wasn't even in town. After multiple attempts to reach the chief on his cell phone, none of his calls were returned.

Another source close to town council says the chief shouldn't have any excuses for pulling officers off training because the town is "very financially sound."

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