May 25, 2012 9:03 AM by AP
ST. MARTAINVILLE, La. (AP) - A more than 30-year-old court-ordered consent decree on the hiring and promotion of black and female employees within the St. Martinville Police Department may soon be lifted.
City Attorney Allan Durand tells The Advocate an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., informed Chief Paula Smith on Thursday that the number of minority employees at her department was higher than any of the other 24 jurisdictions still under the consent decree.
Smith said she was relieved by the news. She says the department has maintained the diversity Smith inherited when she took over the chief's post eight years ago.