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UPDATE: Youngsville meeting called to consider investigating Police Chief

Youngsville
Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 29, 2023

UPDATE: The special meeting set for tomorrow is to discuss the possible investigation of Youngsville's Police Chief, Mayor Ken Ritter says.

To see the agenda, scroll down.

The mayor sent out an email today, that states "Mayor Ken Ritter condemns Councilwoman Kayla Reaux’s behavior.  Special meeting set to consider investigation of Youngsville Chief of Police."

Here's his statement:

I condemn the unprofessional comments and behavior displayed by Ms. Reaux during her November automobile accident and during the incidents that followed. While uncharacteristic of her usual behavior, there is an expectation that those elected to serve are held to a higher standard. Officers should always be treated with respect and dignity, and as community leaders we must set that example.

Youngsville Police Department Officers are career civil servants with job security that should be able to conduct themselves without fear of political pressure or retaliation. I trust their training and judgment. In an effort to eliminate allegations and to restore confidence in the integrity of the Youngsville Police Department, a special City Council meeting to consider an independent investigation of the Chief of Police has been called for this Thursday at 5pm at the Youngsville Municipal Complex 201 Iberia Street. Unlike some cities where the police chief is appointed, Youngsville’s Chief of Police is an elected position.

As we reported earlier today, the Youngsville City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss the actions of Councilmember Kayla Menard Reaux and Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux following a Nov. 12 crash in Sugar Mill Pond, our media partners at The Advocate report.

The newspaper is reporting that a special meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 201 Iberia St. in Youngsville, according to City Attorney Wade Trahan. The meeting announcement comes days after The Acadiana Advocate's Sunday story that detailed how an elected official may have received special treatment after she called the police chief from the scene of a wreck.

The Advocate reported that Reaux crashed into a parked vehicle on Palfrey Parkway in Sugar Mill Pond a few minutes before midnight one November night with enough force that neither vehicle was drivable. She called Boudreaux, who quickly arrived at the scene of the crash, where his officers were trying to get information from the councilwoman.

To see The Advocate's full story about the special meeting, click here.

To see our story about yesterday's developments in the case, click here and here.

Here's the agenda for tomorrow's meeting: