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Board to vote on Lafayette deputy chief requirements next week

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A draft of the requirements to fill the new Lafayette Police Department deputy chief position have been posted.

The Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board will vote on the requirements at its regular meeting next Wednesday, April 12.

According to the proposed specifications, whomever fills the administrative position will support the chief and perform his duties in his absence, also assisting in the planning, development and organization of the department's operations, according to the document.

The deputy chief will oversee operations of all departmental divisions, including, but not limited to:

  • selection and recruitment program
  • budget preparation
  • discipline
  • training
  • information and records
  • community relations

Some of the requirements for the position:

  • at least eight years of full-time law enforcement experience
  • must "at least have been confirmed as a regular and permanent employee in the class of Police Sergeant" within the department
  • if employed after Oct. 18, 1989, must have completed 69 hours of college-level courses in an accredited curriculum
  • U.S. citizen of legal age
  • pass a physical and demonstrate good health and physical fitness
  • valid driver's license

The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved the new position last year, which Mayor-President Joel Robideaux recommended at the time and appointed Reggie Thomas to the position.

Thomas meets the requirements to permanently fill the position, he said Wednesday morning.

Thomas served as interim police chief upon past Chief Jim Craft's retirement and until Chief Toby Aguillard's appointment in November. But he did not qualify to fill the position permanently because he does not hold the bachelor's degree required for the job. He does, however, hold an associate degree and 90 hours of college credit, he said.

Here's the full document:

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