ZACHARY — The city’s acting police chief, David L. Courtney Sr., will be a candidate in the Oct. 22 primary election for the remainder of the term begun by Police Chief John N. Herty Jr., who died March 12.

Courtney, 50, is a 28-year veteran of the Zachary Police Department and is married to Michelle Lannoye Courtney.

He said he joined the Zachary Police Department’s reserve officer program in 1981 and served two years before being hired as a full-time officer. He worked his way up through the ranks as patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain over uniform patrol and communications.

In March 2008, he was promoted to assistant police chief under Herty.

Courtney said he was approached by city leaders after Herty’s death about serving as the appointed police chief. On March 22, after a unanimous vote by the City Council, he resigned his civil service status and accepted the appointment.

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Courtney said his service to the community began in 1979 when he became a member of the Zachary Volunteer Fire Department, where he worked his way up to the rank of captain before leaving the fire service in 1994 to devote his full attention to the Police Department.

Courtney said he has been service-oriented for his entire life. At the time he joined the volunteer fire service, he was enrolled at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, where he was studying mortuary science. He said he joined the police force two years later and found his life’s calling.

Courtney, a Democrat, said working as Herty’s assistant chief gave him insight into the workings of city government and its budgetary process.

“I believe those years have given me the knowledge and experience to continue to lead the Zachary Police Department well into the 21st century. I look forward to continuing my dedicated and committed service to the great citizens of Zachary and to the Zachary community,” he said.