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Second search for LPD chief ends with six additional candidates

Lafayette Police Department
Posted at 10:48 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 20:33:22-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The second search for a new chief of police for the Lafayette Police Department ended this week with six more candidates applying to lead the department.

However, out of the six new applicants, only two are from out of state. There now a total of 10 candidates up for the job.

Last month, Lafayette's Fire and Police Civil Service Board voted unanimously to reopen the search for a new police chief after only receiving four in-state applications.

Lt. Scott Morgan has served as interim Police Chief since Mayor-President Josh Guillory forced out Chief Toby Aguillard in January.

Since the killing of Trayford Pellerin on August 21, Morgan and LPD have faced scrutiny and protests.

Here is a look at the six new candidates:

Bobby Jackson of New Iberia

Jackson currently works as the owner of Jackson Investigations of Iberia, which was formed in 2007.

He previously worked as a commander in the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, an intelligence officer for the U.S. Army Reserves, the chief of enforcement at the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, a parole officer at the Louisiana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole office in New Iberia, a police officer at the New Iberia Police Department and a police officer at the Southern University Police Department.

Jackson has 17 years of combined law enforcement experience.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, and holds a bachelor degree from LSU in Criminal Justice.

Jason McRight of Lake Charles

McRight currently works as a lieutenant in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he has served in various law enforcement positions since 1991. He has 30 years of law enforcement experience.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University.

Edwards Reynolds of Bossier City

Reynolds currently works as the chief of police at the Southern University Police Department in Shreveport.

He previously served as police chief at Forrest City Police Department in Arkansas, police chief at Wilton Police Department in Maine and as a detective at New Haven Police Department in Connecticut.

He has 25 years of combined law enforcement experience.

Reynolds holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Thomas Glover of Grand Prairie TX

Glover is a retired lieutenant commander with the Dallas Police Department, where he worked since 1981. He has 36 years of law enforcement experience.

He holds a BS in criminal justice from Grambling State University.

Stacy Kelly of Scottsdale AZ

Kelly currently works as a professional services manager at Axon, which is a law enforcement technology company based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He previously worked as the assistant chief of police at Newport News Police Department in Virginia, and as an assessor with the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.

He has 26 years of law enforcement experience.

Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the Saint Leo University in Virginia.

Samuel Wyatt of Geismar

Wyatt currently works as the director of investigations at LSU in Baton Rouge.

He previously served as a patrol officer with the Bossier City Police Department and as a corrections deputy at the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Wyatt has 17 years of law enforcement experience.

He holds a doctorate degree in human resource education from LSU, a master of business administration from Centenary College, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from LSU in Shreveport and an associate's degree in applied science in criminal justice from the Bossier Parish Community College.

Here are the other four candidates that also applied in the first round of applications for police chief of LPD:

Lt. Eric Burson is a retired Louisiana State Police lieutenant who currently works as an accident reconstructionist for A&M Forensics and Engineering and as a part-time deputy with the crash response team of LPSO. Burson has 25 years of law enforcement experience, having served as an LSP trooper, sergeant, and lieutenant in various roles, including as a detective and with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Sgt. Wayne Griffin of Scott currently serves as the LPD public information officer and has 18 years of law enforcement experience. Griffin also served three years as an armored truck driver and four years in the United States Marine Corps. Griffin has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University at Alexandria and a master’s degree in business administration from Husson University in Maine.

Guy LeBreton of Cade is a retired lieutenant watch commander who has worked for LPD since 1994. LeBreton has a combined 27 years of law enforcement experience with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a master’s degree in homeland security from Northwestern State University.

Sgt. Paul Trouard of Opelousas is currently a Lafayette Police Department sergeant, and has worked with LPD since 1997. Trouard has worked with LPD as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a detective, and an officer-involved shooting supervisor. He has a total of 23 years of law enforcement experience. Trouard holds a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Trouard also received 400 hours of training at the FBI National Academy in Virginia.

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