- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis says he plans to retire Aug. 6.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1QwJoXZ) Duplantis submitted a letter Thursday informing Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet of his plans.

Prior to Duplantis’ appointment in 2008, the department had been plagued with internal rifts, sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits among employees and against local government. Former Police Chief Pat Boudreaux had also been placed on a forced leave of absence amid misconduct allegations.

Duplantis’ retirement comes two days after the parish reached a $300,000 settlement with Sgt. Kyle Faulk, who claimed he was unfairly demoted in 2012.

Duplantis will reach 30 years with the department Aug. 6. After starting as a patrol officer in 1985, he rose through the ranks until he became chief in 2008.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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