St. Martin

Aug 21, 2013 4:08 PM by Ian Auzenne

St. Martinville abolishes assistant police chief position

The St. Martinville City Council has voted to abolish the city's assistant police chief position.

The council voted 3-0 Monday night to get rid of the post. Councilman Craig Prosper was absent. The resolution approved by the council states that the move is because of "uncertainty of litigation concerning the previous assistant chief," and, as a result, "the position will remain open for an indefinite period of time."

The most recent assistant chief, Nary Smith, is suing the city for alleged age discrimination. Smith claims the city fired him when he turned 65 while retaining other officers older than him.

The council recently shot down an attempt to name police lieutenant Lance Laviolette to the post. Council members cited the lawsuit as their reason for not granting the promotion.

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