Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Carl Dabadie lamented on Monday his strained relationship with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in the letter he wrote to announce his retirement.
The letter, dated July 24, says Dabadie will officially retire October 2 but that he will use some of his accrued time off until then. Dabadie wrote that he was proud and grateful for his time serving the department. The Advocate received the letter through a public records request.
Along with the letter Dabadie wrote to Broome announcing his retirement, he released a statement of his own Monday just after noon. In the statement, Dabadie thanks his officers, the people of Baton Rouge, members of the Metro Council, other law enforcement agencies and former Mayor Kip Holden, who appointed him in 2013. The statement does not mention Broome by name, but does mention her troubled relationship with Dabadie.
"Unfortunately, I am in a situation that will not serve our police department or the citizens of Baton Rouge," Dabadie says in the statement.
Broome made replacing Dabadie one of her campaign promises, but was stymied by Civil Service laws that protect the BRPD chief from being fired without cause. Despite the "positive and progressive" conversations Broome insisted the two were having over the course of several months, Dabadie hinted in his letter that the two of them were not seeing eye-to-eye.
"I had hoped that our relationship could have grown into a strong partnership as we have faced times this city has never seen," Dabadie wrote in his retirement letter. "I feel that my retirement would be the best thing for the department and myself."
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Dabadie also recommended in his retirement letter that Broome appoint BRPD Deputy Chief David Hamilton as interim chief while she searches for a replacement. Hamilton frequently stood in for Dabadie at community meetings and other public events for the police.
But Broome did not follow the advice of appointing Hamilton as interim chief. Instead, she appointed Lt. Jonny Dumman, the department's chief spokesman and who provides security at many City Hall meetings, as interim chief.
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With the retirement of Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, Mayor-President Sharon Weston …