Morgan City’s assistant chief of police was appointed by City Council members Tuesday to lead the department in the wake of Chief Travis Crouch’s death Feb. 8.

Michael Banks Sr., a 30-year veteran of the department, takes over a department that’s recovering from Crouch’s suicide in Mississippi.

Banks, 54, is a lifelong resident of the city in eastern St. Mary Parish, graduating from Morgan City High.

He began his career in law enforcement in Morgan City as a jailer in 1983, according to the department’s website.