Posted: Jan 1, 2011 8:41 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Jan 1, 2011 11:12 PM
Krotz Springs; a quiet town on the bank of the Atchafalaya River... or is it?
"He has no employees." Craig David said of Police Chief Norman Mouille, "which is his fault, not ours."
David, a former Krotz Springs Police Officer, was just one person to leave the department Friday evening.
"I stuck it out for Susie (lacassin)," David said of his dedication to his former chief.
"I didn't hear from no one," Chief Mouille said.
Minutes after Mouille was sworn into office, nearly a half dozen of his officers resigned, saying Chief Mouille never asked them to stay.
With job security in the air, officers say they found new jobs.
"No one approached me and asked for their job," Mouille said.
"He did not contact anybody." David says, "if he did, we wouldn't have looked for employment somewhere else."
As Krotz Springs celebrated a new year, police cruisers didn't budge. With no officers to drive them, St. Landry deputies were called on patrol.
"We are available to help the chief if he needs any assistance whatever the reason be," Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Darbonne said.
"We had no complaints,"Mouille said about New Years Eve. "It was quiet and we're thankful for that."
"Hopefully they can take care of their own business now," the Sheriff's Office said.
Taking care of business with one staff member: Chief Mouille himself.
That is, until new officers are approved by town council.
"He didn't fire us, he didn't make us resign." David said. we decided to do it on our own and i think it's pretty sad."
Chief Mouille says he had an "open door policy" with the former officers.
"No one approached me," he said.
Mouille is currently reviewing applications and expects to have new officers by the end of the first week of 2011.