New Iberia Mayor Freddie DeCourt is appointing St. Martinville native Todd D'Albor as chief of the city's new police department, according to KATC.

DeCourt has aggressively pushed for the city of 30,000 to have its own police department since taking office nearly one year ago. Last month voters approved a new sales tax to pay for the department, the annual budget of which will be about $8 million.

D'Albor was the only qualified applicant under the city's job description, which required previous experience as a chief, DeCourt told KATC. D'Albor was chief of the Jennings Police Department for 12 years before serving as the interim chief in St. Martinville for the last year.

D'Albor's selection is subject to approval by City Council, which was set to take up the matter Tuesday night.

The new department is expected to take over city patrols from the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on July 1.

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