East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden removed the “interim” from Carl Dabadie’s title on Wednesday, appointing the veteran lawman police chief of Baton Rouge.
Dabadie, who has served as provisional chief since February, formally takes the reins of a department still healing from the acrimonious ouster of former Chief Dewayne White. He was chosen over finalists Capt. Carl K. Dunn and Capt. Noel J. Salamoni after a lengthy selection process that began shortly after Holden fired White for violating department policies.
Holden officially named Dabadie chief at a news conference at the Metro Council offices Wednesday morning.
While Dabadie had been White’s chief of staff, he employs a different style of leadership rooted in his familiarity with a department he knew long before joining the force in 1986. His father was a Baton Rouge police officer who died in the line of duty.
Dabadie, 48, has served in many roles in the department, including as a uniform patrol officer, motorcycle officer, and director of the training academy.