Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will announce the new Baton Rouge police chief on Friday, a spokeswoman said on Thursday morning.
Broome plans to announce her pick at 10:30 a.m. at Metro Council Chambers at City Hall.
Five candidates remain in the running for the position:
- Myron Daniels is a 19-year veteran of the department and has experience with the Special Response Team. He has also served for years as president of the capital area branch of the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association, a statewide organization for black police officers.
- Darryl Honoré, a 22-year veteran of the department, has served in a variety of roles including the traffic division, DWI task force and community policing. He is currently a sergeant in the Uniform Patrol Division, Second District.
- Ronald Stevens previously worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department for 29 years in a number of roles. He was the chief of the Southern University Police Department and, more recently, as an investigator at the Louisiana Department of Justice, which is a division of the state Attorney General's Office.
- Robert McGarner has worked with the Baton Rouge Police Department since 1989 and served most recently as a lieutenant and assistant uniform patrol commander.
- Murphy Paul, who was the only one of the five finalists to not have worked with the Baton Rouge Police Department before, has been a Louisiana State Police trooper since 1994. He was most recently a lieutenant colonel and the Louisiana State Police Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Investigation.
The police chief position opened in July after former Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. announced his retirement following a standoff with Broome, who had promised during her 2016 campaign to conduct a national search to replace him. Broome was forced to abandon the national search because the unusual civil service requirements make the job unattractive for qualified candidates from outside the state.
Lt. Jonny Dunnam, the current interim chief, did not apply for the position though he had taken and passed the civil service test for the chief three times in the past — most recently in 2013, when he scored the highest on the test. Dunnam has said he plans to retire in about three years.
A committee of 14 community members organized by Broome publicly interviewed the seven finalists before recommending their top five to Broome, who then personally interviewed and chose among them. Four of those five are veterans of the department they applied to lead.