Duson police chief resigns

Duson has a new police chief.

With the resignation of Joseph Johnfore as police chief Thursday, June 11, and call of a special meeting of the Duson Town Board on Saturday morning, June 13,

Assistant Police Chief Frank Andrew was elevated to the post of police chief.

Andrew will handle all of the chief’s duties until the town of Duson gets notice from the Secretary of State of what action needs to be taken.

“I’m glad to have it, think I can do some good,” said Andrew.

Mayor Susie Lagneaux says the city picked Andrew because of his 12 year long standing with the department. She said it’s also because he knows what’s going on around the town.

Andrew says he will work to improve the town and plans to make a lot of changes. Andrew is expected to work the remaining year and half on the former police chief’s contract. He says some of the changes will be new policies and procedures.

“The way things ran is a little out date so we’re going to update our technologies and better educate our officers and start fighting crimes and things of that nature.” said Andrew.

Mayor Lagneaux added within the next month the Town Council plans to hire another officer to bring the department back to full staffing.

Previously, the Town Council authorized an audit of the Duson Police Department.

Johnfore’s resignation became effective at midnight Friday. His resignation letter stated the reason he was vacating the office was because he felt Mayor Lagneaux didn’t trust him.

State Senator Nick Gautreaux has authored a bill to make the position of police chief in Duson an appointment rather than an elective position.

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