Sixteen officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department applied for the agency's deputy chief positions, which were increased from one opening to three under new Chief Murphy Paul, according to Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board reports.
Of the 16 applicants, the three provisional deputy chiefs and two former finalists for the police chief's position, which opened when former Chief Carl Dabadie retired, sent in applications for the job by the Monday deadline. Increasing the number of positions was made possible by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's 2018 budget in exchange for the elimination of two captain positions.
The Civil Service Board will review the applications Feb. 15 to ensure that each candidate fits the requirements — which are they have to be sergeants with eight or more years of experience — before those applicants can take the civil service exam March 5. Paul will then hire three of the candidates who pass the test.
Civil Service Board officials released a report with the names, ranks, education and employment history of the applicants, but it did not include the full applications.
The expansion of the deputy chief positions was first advocated by former Police Chief Dewayne White before Dabadie took up the proposal. The move was designed to improve communication and encourage an easier way for officers to provide feedback to supervisors, according to department records.
Days before Paul was announced as the new chief, Deputy Chief David Hamilton was reassigned from the role after three years to make way for Paul's own selections. The deputy chief positions are up for renewal every three years. Hamilton, now a sergeant, was eligible to re-apply for the job, but he did not.
During Paul's swearing-in speech in his second week as chief, he named interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam, police chief finalist Robert McGarner and former BRAVE team leader Herbert "Tweety" Anny as the provisional deputy chiefs. Dunnam and McGarner, both 29-year department veterans, as well as Anny, an 18-year veteran, applied for the permanent positions.
Two of the five finalists for the police chief's position will also be candidates for deputy chief: 20-year veteran Sgt. Myron Daniels and 23-year veteran Sgt. Darryl Honoré.
Other applicants include Sgt. Larry Ned Jr., who has been under investigation for payroll fraud, police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said. The 21-year veteran was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 1, but returned to work before going on medical leave, McKneely said.
Another applicant, Lt. Todd Bourgoyne, was at the center of an Internal Affairs investigation in 2016 after a viral video showed him punching a 16-year-old boy during an arrest at an Earth Day celebration on April 17. Investigators ruled that they did not have enough evidence to exonerate the 25-year veteran or sustain the complaint.
Cpt. Todd Lee, a 32-year veteran, is the applicant with the longest history at the department. Also in the candidate pool are three 28-year department veterans: Lt. Shanard Carey, Lt. Dominic Distefano II and Lt. Dave Mays.
Lt. Jeremy Schiro, who has worked at the Police Department for 27 years, and 26-year veterans Lt. David Wallace and Lt. Devin Washington also applied.
Sgt. Jim Verlander is the only candidate with law enforcement experience outside the department, according to the civil service report. Verlander worked at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office between 1992 and 1996 before joining the Police Department that same year.
Magnolia State Peace Officers Association Vice President Sgt. Charles Dotson, a 19-year veteran of the department, also applied for the position.
Five candidates have military experience, according to the civil service report. McGarner, Ned and Verlander served in the U.S. Army while Daniels and Dotson served in the U.S. Marine Corps.