Sharon Weston Broome key players

As the first few months of her administration have ticked by, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has become more public in her disagreements with Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. Though she vowed to replace him while she was campaigning for office, she encountered state civil service laws that protect him from being fired without just cause. Broome has called for Dabadie to fire the officer who fatally shot Sterling and reconsider how to discipline the other officer.

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS

With the retirement of Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says she will embark on a national search for a new chief.

Broome announced Monday that Lt. Jonny Dunnam has been named as interim chief, but he will not be applying for the permanent position.

Dabadie was paid $146,510 last year, according to the city-parish's salary database.

The BRPD chief can be paid within a range of $121,133 to $145,510 annually, according to the city-parish's pay plan. The chief also receives an extra $6,000 in state supplemental pay, along with a vehicle allowance.

The future BRPD chief is purely a mayoral appointment, and the Metro Council does not have the ability to ratify Broome's choice, based on the Baton Rouge plan of government. As long as Broome keeps her future chief's salary within the range that maxes out at $145,510, the Metro Council will not have to approve or set the next chief's salary, either.

But should Broome want to increase the pay of the next chief -- and therefore increase the salary range that the BRPD chief can be paid -- she would have to go to the Metro Council for approval.

Broome said her office will work with Human Resources and Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service on the process to advertise and fill the position. The process will begin immediately, she said.