Five months before he takes over from Sheriff Jack Strain, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff-elect Randy Smith has named the team that will guide the transition.
The team includes Mandeville lawyers Chadwick Collings and Tommy Discon; Leslie Long, the St. Tammany Parish finance director; Pastor Lawrence Weathersby, of Slidell; Harold Bartholomew, an assistant district attorney; Tara Zeller, of the Covington criminal defense firm Spell & Spell; Robin Jourdain Smith, who worked for the Sheriff’s Office until 2005; and Charlie Clark, a retired officer of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Strain has appointed his chief deputy, Fred Oswald, to act as his liaison to Smith during the transition.
Smith plans to remain as Slidell police chief until June, a spokesman said. He also plans to name a committee to advise the transition team.
Wednesday’s announcement did not name any of the members of that group, though Smith said in December that former Covington Police Chief Richard Palmisano and Jeff Boehm, who has worked for Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, would be on the committee.
Palmisano was fired by Covington Mayor Mike Cooper after some city police officers were accused of using excessive force.
Smith takes office July 1.
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