Retired State Police Trooper David Anderson was named interim Carencro Police Chief on Monday to replace former Chief Carlos Stout, who stepped down after 13 years to take a job as chief deputy in the administration of newly elected Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber.
The Carencro City Council voted unanimously to name Anderson to the post pending a special election set for March.
Anderson, who got his start in law enforcement as a Carencro officer in 1988, said he plans to run for the position.
“Now I have a chance to come back and finish it at home,” he said of his nearly three-decade career in law enforcement.
Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said Anderson was the only person to express an interest in the interim chief slot.
He was sworn in before a standing-room-only crowd of police officers, friends and family members at Carencro City Hall.
“It’s a special day. We haven’t had a change in leadership in our police chief since 2003,” Brasseaux said.
Anderson has strong local ties and deep roots in law enforcement.
His father is a retired State Police trooper, his mother worked for many years at the Carencro Police Department and his brother is an officer with Lafayette Police.
Anderson said he has no immediate plans for big changes at the department but will work to enhance community relations.
“I think they do have a good relationship with the community in Carencro, but we are going to do more,” Anderson said.
Stout was elected unopposed to his fourth term as chief in 2014.
Garber, who took office this month, hired Stout to serve as chief deputy, replacing Maj. Art LeBreton, a 20-year Sheriff’s Office employee who served as former Sheriff Mike Neustrom’s chief deputy since 2004. LeBreton now works as enforcement commander for the Sheriff’s Office.
Stout was one of two area municipal police chiefs who backed Garber in the heated race for sheriff last year.
Qualifying for the special election for Carencro Police Chief is set for January 11, 12 and 13.
The primary election is set for March 25, and a run-off, if needed, is scheduled for April 29.