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Youngsville City Council hires law firm in Police Chief investigation

Youngsville City Council
Posted at 10:24 PM, May 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-12 09:17:01-04

The Youngsville City council hired Baton Rouge firm Breazeale, Sachse, and Wilson to investigate the city's police chief.

The firm will conduct an investigation of Rickey Boudreaux's entire tenure as chief, which began in 2005.

The decision was made at the council's regular Thursday night meeting.

Last month, the council authorized the city attorney to get information about firms that specialize in human resources law to conduct the investigation.

It's all tied to last year's crash involving former Councilwoman Kayla Reaux who resigned amid allegations that she received special treatment after hitting a parked car.

Reaux was allowed to leave the scene without a citation or sobriety test after Boudreaux appeared at the incident location. She resigned after The Acadiana Advocate reported on the incident. Read that original story here.

One of the responding officers that night has since been fired and a police officer resigned from the civil service board, citing potential retaliation.

Our media partners at the Advocate posted a story about the meeting, reporting that Boudreaux will be audited after collecting at least $18,000 in taxpayer dollars for unauthorized personal vehicle expenses since September 2016 on top of the approved $1,000 monthly allowance he receives for such expenses.

The newspaper reports that Boudreaux has been receiving extra payments for gas and other vehicle expenses for more than six years, even though he agreed during a September 2016 council meeting to forgo itemizing vehicle expenses in exchange for a new $1,000-per-month vehicle allowance, which the council approved, in part, because of the August 2016 flood. The chief asked the council for the allowance after he used his personal Jeep to navigate through the high waters because his police unit could not drive through flooded streets.

To read The Advocate's story, click here.

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