Jeff Davis

Nov 7, 2012 7:16 PM by Erin Steuber

Current Welsh Police Chief takes blame, loses election

Just a day after the Chief of Police in Welsh loses his chance at re-election by a landslide, he is accepting defeat.

"I made bad decisions in my personal life, and work life, but helping people, if you can help one person through whatever crisis they're going through, it's worth all the negative that you get," said current Welsh Police Chief Tommy Chaisson.

In the past year, rising crime rates have overshadowed his most recent term in office. Several crimes, including three murders, remain unsolved and voters in the election made it clear who they blame.

Chaisson says he understands the public wants change.

"Crime rates are high everywhere. It just starts at the top, and it started with me," said Chaisson. "I just have to take the fall for it and I'm willing to accept that."

Chaisson thought the race would be close, but he was way off. His opponent, Marcus Crochet, won the election 72% to 28%. The Police Chief-Elect, says first order of business is regaining the public's trust.

"I'm most definitely grateful they voted my way," said Crochet. "Just want to let them know that I appreciate everybody supporting me. It's not just a victory for me, but a victory for the citizens of Welsh."

Last night's loss means an end to Chaisson's 8 years as chief, he'll no longer have that job come January. But despite the rocky final year, he says he wouldn't change a thing about his time in office.

"It's like if God closed this door, he'll open another one, and I believe that, that's how I live my life," said Chaisson.

The newly elected Chief, Marcus Crochet, has been in law enforcement for 10 years. For the past six, he's been an officer at the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office.

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