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Palmetto’s new police chief is leaving

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 23:13:22-04

The police chief of Palmetto is headed to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Dylan Ford, who was appointed chief about three months ago, is attending the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy in Lafayette and is scheduled to be hired by the sheriff as soon as he formally resigns from his post as the village’s only police officer, the sheriff’s office says.

Ford was appointed about three months ago, said Mayor Marx “Sonny” Budden. The mayor says he just heard that Ford was leaving, but hasn’t received a formal resignation from him yet.

“He hasn’t told me, and I don’t think he’s turned in an official letter,” the mayor said Wednesday.

We called the village hall and asked to speak to Ford, but were told he “is in school today,” and that a message would be forwarded to him. We haven’t heard from him.

The mayor said the position was an elected one, but the voters decided to make it an appointed one.