Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:10 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Feb 22, 2012 10:32 PM
Mermentau Village Council chooses an interim Police Chief until an election can be held in November.
The previous chief was ousted earlier this month when a judge said she violated state law.
For the next two and a half weeks, Mermentau relied on the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office to patrol the streets.
The previous chief, 23-year-old Amber Dubois was found to be living in another town and according to law, an elected chief must live in the city they serve.
At an empty city hall, two Council Members voted to appoint Steven Istre as the new Police Chief.
Council Member Darla Istre abstained because the chief is her son.
Istre replaces 23-year-old Amber Dubois.
Dubois won the position in 2010 without receiving a single vote, running unopposed but the village raised questions over her qualifications in December after she was arrested in Crowley.
According to her arrest report, she doesn't live in Mermenetau but in Crowley. According to Judge Marilyn Castle, holding a Mermentau public office while living in Crowley violates state law.
Council says a handful of candidates were interviewed for the vacant position, but in a town of under 800-people, finding someone willing to take the job was a challenge.
Istre, while having little law enforcement experience, qualified for the position and will take training courses with the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office.
Council Members say they'll still have assistance from sheriff's deputies while Chief Istre completes his training.