Former Harahan City Councilman Tim Walker was elected as the city’s police chief Saturday, besting former Chief Peter Dale.
Exactly 1,483 residents cast ballot for Walker, giving him 57 percent of the vote. Dale garnered 1,099 votes.
Both men had said they wanted to improve relations between the police department and Harahan’s residents and increase the use of community policing tactics.
The two men came out on top of a field of four in the April primary. All candidates who ran in the race are Republicans.
Walker led in that election, with more than 40 percent of the vote. Dale secured about 29 percent of the vote.
Walker argued for a more engaged police department, something he said would largely depend on ensuring residents that they should not hesitate to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity and make sure officers were responsive and accountable.
Dale pointed to his previous experience implementing policies that put police in more direct contact with residents, such as the use of bicycle and motorcycle patrols and instructions to officers to walk through neighborhoods while on patrol. Those programs were phased out under his successor, Chief Mac Dickinson.
Walker will fill out the rest of former Dickinson’s term, which runs to the end of the year. That means he’ll just have five months before his next election, which will determine who will fill the spot for the next full term.