Mayor-President Kip Holden is holding a hearing this morning on the possible dismissal of Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White.
Holden, who has said White was placed on administrative leave with pay, issued a letter last week detailing the reasons he is considering firing White. Those include claims White violated departmental policy, leaked confidential information and shredded public documents. White has also been accused of failing to discipline an officer who lied under oath at a civil service hearing, as well as making inappropriate transfers in the department.
White will be at the hearing, represented by attorney Jill Craft.
The hearing is open to the public and should be over by 10:30 a.m., Holden has said.
Metro Council members C. Denise Marcelle and Ronnie Edwards called a town meeting immediately following the White dismissal hearing, both in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Governmental Building, 222 St. Louis St.
“The issue is bigger than the mayor and chief. The public should also have input,” Edwards said in a news release.
The Town Hall meeting is open to the public for brief comments.
“It’s important to hear from the community. We want to give the public an opportunity to express their views,” Marcelle said in the news release.