BRUSLY — Jonathan Lefeaux has defeated Paul Marionneaux in the race to become Brusly’s next police chief.
With 4 of the 4 precincts reporting, Lefeaux captured 55 percent of the votes to Marionneaux’s 45 percent, according to unofficial election results.
The Town Council was forced to call a special election to elect a new police chief after former Chief Jamie Whaley resigned in April. Three days later, he pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office and was sentenced to 18 months’ supervised probation.
Lefeaux will finish Whaley’s term, which ends in December 2016.
Lefeaux, a former officer who left the Brusly Police Department in 2005, has said it will take a police force that’s more embedded in the community to repair the department’s image.
Lefeaux has pledged to adopt an open-door policy giving residents the opportunity observe the department’s day-to-day operations.
The 35-year-old lieutenant with the Port Allen City Marshal’s Office also said he wants to design a training program that will help officers’ interactions with Brusly’s youth, elderly population and business owners.
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