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Interim Lafayette Police Chief discusses future of the department

Lafayette Police Department
Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 19:21:30-05

Tonight, we're learning more about Lafayette's interim police chief.

Mayor-President Josh Guillory appointed Scott Morgan to the job after Toby Aguillard resigned on Monday.

Morgan is a 25-year veteran of the force.

Prior to his promotion, his rank was lieutenant. He's served in the traffic unit, special events section and evidence unit. Most recently, Morgan was the watch commander.

"My job as interim chief is to make sure we're doing the things we're supposed to, take a look at ourselves, take a look at our budget and make sure we're handing over a good, in order department to the permanent chief," Morgan said.

The interim chief is hopeful his knowledge, devotion and the devotion of the department will move LPD forward through this transition. He also wants to calm any fears about losing progress made in Lafayette.

"We're not going to shut down the community relations meetings, there are no plans to stop the walks. These are things that we need and that we've also grown accustomed to here at the police department," Morgan said.

Morgan said one of his goals as interim chief is to continue building on the work LPD is already doing in the community and relations with other agencies.

"It's as simple as two administrators, two professionals sitting down and talking this thing through," Morgan said. "I think we can talk this thing through and get back together and work together as cohesive agencies. Not just us and the sheriff's office, but the marshal's office and any other department around us. The goal is to protect and make the citizens of this town safe."

Morgan is not seeking the permanent position because he has other interests.

"I hope the next police chief is as devoted as I am as far as the integrity of this department, pushing them forward and keeping the community in mind," Morgan said.

A spokesperson for the Mayor-President's office said there is no firm timetable on when the administration will launch the search for a permanent chief.