JEANERETTE — The mayor and Board of Aldermen on Monday will interview four candidates vying to replace Jeanerette Police Chief Marvin Grogan following his arrest in a Lafayette strip club raid and subsequent resignation.
Grogan’s successor will be appointed “in the next few weeks,” city spokeswoman Amy Jones said in a Friday news release.
Included among the candidates are interim Police Chief Gloria Lombard, who came out of retirement in 2009 after three decades with the Franklin Police Department to join Jeanerette’s police force. She’s worked as assistant police chief since 2012.
Jeffrey Matthews, a Jeanerette Marshal’s Office deputy since 2010 who worked for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for five years before that, is also in the applicant pool, as is Franklin police Lt. Terrance Moore, who’s been with that force since 2008 and who worked for Jeanerette police for six years before that.
A fourth candidate, Robert Champagne, has been a reserve officer for the Baldwin Police Department since 2010 and worked for two years before that for the Pearl River Police Department.
Grogan resigned May 27, five days after his arrest on a count of malfeasance and three counts of compounding a felony in the May 14 raid of Lipstick Gentlemen’s Club in Lafayette.
Grogan is accused of identifying himself as a police officer while working security at the club as undercover narcotics officers built cases on prostitution, obscenity, and drug use and distribution at the club.
His arrest was the last in an eight-month undercover investigation into Lipstick, in which the strip club’s owner and 15 of his female employees were booked or cited on counts ranging from obscenity and prostitution to drug distribution and exotic dancing without a permit.
Former Jeanerette Mayor Tim de’Clouet, who died in office in July 2013, had appointed Grogan as police chief in May 2012. Grogan worked for the Jeanerette Police Department for 19 years before his resignation.
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