- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Covington Mayor Mike Cooper wants to take the city’s police chief position out of the civil service system. At the mayor’s request, state Rep. John Schroder will sponsor a bill in the Legislature this spring to make future police chiefs unclassified employees.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1cOIZQT ) the move would allow greater ease for the mayor to fire the police chief, who is a mayoral appointee.

If approved, Cooper says the change would not affect current Police Chief Tim Lentz, who took control of the department in October, but would be applicable to his successors.

Cooper said the change is warranted to eliminate a contradiction between the city’s home rule charter and the state civil service rules.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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