Jun 14, 2011 10:12 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Alexandria Police Department has its fourth leader in the past 18 months.
Mayor Jacques M. Roy appointed Loren Lampert as the interim public safety commissioner Monday after last week's resignation of Chief Ernest R. "Roger" Tully, who led the Police Department since Aug. 14, 2010.
Lampert, 45, is a former Alexandria police officer and a former deputy with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office who has spent the past 14 years as a criminal prosecutor with the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. He also served on the search and evaluation committee that helped to hire Tully.
"It's going to be a challenge," said Lampert, who will take a leave of absence from his position as assistant district attorney. "My full attention is going to be on the men and women of the Alexandria Police Department."
Lampert said he expects to make some immediate changes within the department, such as increasing the number of officers patrolling the streets, making the Alexandria Police Department "more accessible, more responsive."