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Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie answers questions during discussion about proposals concerning policing in Baton Rouge during a Metro Council meeting Wednesday. The proposals were deferred for 30 days.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. announced Monday that he is stepping down from the job he has held since 2013.

Here are some reactions to the news:

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux

"I want to wish Chief Carl Dabadie the best in his retirement and thank him for his service to our community.

"I think that having an unprecedented level of collaboration and cooperation among local law enforcement agencies was a huge asset in carrying our agencies and the community through one of the hardest years we've ever experienced.

"I thank Chief Dabadie for his leadership, his assistance and his friendship."


Former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson

"I wish (Chief Carl Dabadie Jr.) nothing but the best. I've known him his entire career and I love, admire and respect him.

"I thought — and still think — he was the best man for that job. He has a lot of respect from the whole spectrum of the Baton Rouge community, the respect of his men and women and has been a very productive and successful chief."

"I think his legacy will be solid — what he did with training at the department, with his attention to detail. He was connected to his officers. He might've been the chief but he never lost sight of the fact that he was still a police officer."

"I'm proud, honored and blessed to call him a friend."


Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

"Chief Dabadie is an honorable man and I will continue to say that. He has served our city as police chief. Many people appreciate, certainly, his contribution to law enforcement."


East Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore III

Moore said he was "saddened" to hear of Dabadie's retirement on Monday "after years of outstanding service."

"Chief Dabadie will be hard to replace," Moore said. "I hope that Baton Rouge is able to find a chief that has all of Carl’s talent, work ethic, fairness, passion for criminal justice and demeanor."

Moore said he hoped Broome's chief would be committed to implementing "best practices" and stressing the importance of "data-driven" approaches to crime fighting.


Sgt. Bryan Taylor, president of the Baton Rouge police union

"First and foremost, congratulations to him on his retirement and on 32 years of distinguished service. I know exactly what this profession takes out of you."

"I cannot fathom the amount of stress he's been under for the past year. He's been scrutinized, he's been told for over a year that he's going to be replaced for no cause. I do not think he was shown the respect he deserved as chief of police nor the respect he deserved as a police officer and as a man."

"I'm happy for him, happy for someone I've know for 22 years. Distinguished as he was, he came up through the rank, achieved that position and he can now retire with his head up."


Former Baton Rouge U.S. Attorney Walt Green

"Chief Dabadie must be congratulated for over three decades of selfless public service to this community. Chief Dabadie made it a high priority to build relationships with federal law enforcement throughout the city to enhance law enforcement capabilities with little regard for who received credit.

"During his tenure, he has exhibited the highest level of integrity, honor, and commitment. His unparalleled devotion to duty is reflected by his last selfless act of retirement."


Acting Baton Rouge U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson

"We greatly appreciate Chief Carl Dabadie’s strong leadership and sacrifice in leading the men and women of the Baton Rouge City Police Department through a very difficult chapter in our city's history. Under his leadership, our federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have coordinated against violent crime in an unprecedented way. This unified front will remain essential in continuing to better our community by addressing the challenges we face.”


Councilman Matt Watson 

We've lost a tremendous asset to our community today," said councilman Matt Watson, who said Dabadie earned much-deserved praise for reducing the city's crime rate.

Watson said he'd like the city-parish to increase officer pay from the rank and file up to chief. Low salaries will hurt Baton Rouge as is tries to attract top talent.

"We're destined to have someone we can afford," he said.


Councilman Buddy Amoroso

"I've got to compliment Chief Dabadie. He was a great man and a great police chief and he will be very sorely missed."

"I have some hard concerns about this mayor's ability to be able to pick someone," Amoroso said, "if you just look at the history of what she's done with the (chief administrative officer) and right now we still only have an interim CAO."

He said he has seen no indication that she's been working to find a new police chief.

"I'm very nervous about that," Amoroso said. "It's a very important position that needs to be filled, and I hope she has been quietly gathering national resumes behind the scenes."


Councilwoman Chauna Banks

Banks said the retirement was in the city-parish's best interest, but because she believes the mayor should be able to choose her own chief. Nevertheless, Banks still called Dabadie a fine officer and "a great man."

Banks said she would have liked to see interim Chief Jonny Dunnam receive consideration for the permanent chief job. Broome said that would not be the case. During the search, however, he'll be a good choice to lead the department so Broome's staff can focus on installing a permanent chief administrative officer, Banks said.


Councilwoman Tara Wicker

Wicker, who leads the council's police advisory group, said the chief had been "in a holding pattern" for months trying to figure out what expectations of him were.

"I don't know if he just got tired … or if (Dabadie and Broome) came to some kind of agreement," she said.