Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory relieved Police Chief Thomas Glover of his duties Thursday, an LCG spokesperson confirms.
Guillory has named Lafayette Police Department Sergeant Wayne Griffin as Interim Police Chief.
Glover's termination was announced in a news release; no reason was given, with LCG telling KATC it's a "personnel matter."
Glover started his run as head of the department in January 2021, and before becoming police chief in Lafayette he was A Lieutenant Commander withe Dallas Police. He was Lafayette's first Black police chief.
In the news conference announcing his appointment in January, Glover said he was a proponent of "21st century policing."
Interim Chief Wayne Griffin was a finalist selected by the Police Chief Search Committee, which found him highly qualified for the position, they say. Griffin, a 19-year veteran of LPD, has served as SWAT commander and previously had assignments in the training, recruiting, narcotics, patrol, and SRO sections of the department.
Prior to becoming an officer, Chief Griffin served a four-year term in the United States Marine Corps.
His appointment as interim was praised by the Police Association of Lafayette, who called Griffin an "outstanding leader" who will "guide the Department with honor, fairness, integrity." The union's full statement is below.
"The Police Association of Lafayette Local #905 extends its congratulations to newly appointed Lafayette Police Department Interim Chief Wayne Griffin. Chief Griffin is an outstanding leader and we are confident he will guide the Department with honor, fairness, and integrity. Our community is facing a number of crucial challenges and Chief Griffin has the knowledge, experience, and skills to lead the Department in a positive direction, and keep our citizens safe. Congratulations Chief Griffin."
The union made no mention of now former chief Thomas Glover.
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