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Eunice Deputy Chief of Police retires after 30 years of service

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 11:56:14-05

After 30 years of service, Eunice Police Department's Deputy Chief is retiring.

Chief of Police Randy Fontenot, announced the last day of active duty for Deputy Chief Richard Daigle. After 30 plus years of service to the City of Eunice, he is retiring.

His last day is Friday, December 11, 2020

Fontenot says that Daigle started his career in public service in 1983 when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy until 1987. From 1987-1990 he was in private employment at an Airforce base. Daigle returned to his hometown of Eunice in 1990 and began a career of service to the city with the Eunice Police Department working his way through the ranks and serving in every position including Chief of Detectives.

As Deputy Chief, Daigle was responsible for the supervision the department and as a representative of the Chief of Police. Daigle’s tenure with the department consisted of the following positions/ranks:

June 1990 – December 1990, Reserve Officer
December 1990 - 1995, Police Officer
1995-2000, Police Sergeant
2000-2015. Police Lieutenant
2015-2021 Deputy Chief of Police

“When I was patrolling the streets of Eunice, Daigle, a reserve officer at the time, would come out and ride with me. Then, when he was hired on as a full-time officer, his first assigned shift was mine and I became his first supervisor. Now, as chief, I have been his last supervisor as well. It has been an honor serving with Daigle all these years. He has been a dedicated and dependable public servant who has served honorably,” Chief Fontenot said.

Daigle’s grandfather, Adam Daigle, served as Chief of Police for the Eunice Police Department from 1957- 1965.

According to Chief Fontenot, Daigle’s retirement created a need for changes in the department’s administration. The department’s two senior Lieutenant’s are being re-assigned. Lt. Tony Kennedy, who most recently served as Chief of Detectives, will be assuming the responsibilities of the Deputy Chief.

Lt. Kennedy has been with the police department for 22 years plus nine (9) years as a reserve officer. Kennedy served ten (10) years with the Eunice Fire Department prior to transferring to the police department. Lt. Ryan Young has transferred to the position of Chief of Detectives, replacing Lt. Kennedy in that position. Lt. Young has been with the department since 1998.

The Chief of Detectives is the designated replacement of the Deputy Chief in his absence.

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