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After Marshal Pope's arrest: What's next?

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Lafayette Marshal Brian Pope / Courtesy of Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department Lafayette Marshal Brian Pope / Courtesy of Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department

Now that Lafayette City Marshal Pope has been arrested, several questions are circulating about what happens next. The KATC Investigates team dug deeper to get answers about the status of the Lafayette City Marshal's Office and the marshal himself. 

  • Who is now in charge at the Marshal's Office?

Chief Deputy Phil Conrad will take Brian Pope's place while he's in jail. He declined to go on camera. but released a statement:

"The judge has made me aware that since I am the Chief Deputy I will handle the Marshals Office until Pope returns. Day to day operations will continue. It is unfortunate what happened, but there are still very good people who work in the Marshals office."

  • Is Marshal Pope still being paid while he is in office?

The answer is unclear. KATC reached out to LCG and the director of the Human Resources Department is consulting with legal counsel.

  • Can Pope remain in office?

Yes. According to the state law, elected officials cannot be removed from office unless they are recalled or convicted of a felony. Pope was sent to jail Wednesday, because his probation was revoked in a contempt-of-court case that stemmed from a civil lawsuit against him. This is unrelated to his felony trial, which has been delayed until later this spring. 

  • Another question still unanswered on Wednesday night: Is the Marshal still collecting fees the Attorney General say he can't use for his salary?

KATC has filed a public records request for his latest paycheck. 

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