- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette officially has a new chief of police.

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux introduced veteran law enforcement officer and former prosecutor Toby Aguillard to the public Thursday at a news conference.

Aguillard assumes the position that was filled in February by interim Chief Reginald Thomas, who was appointed deputy chief on Tuesday.

The chief’s position was vacated Jan. 31 when Jim Craft was appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to serve as executive director of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Robideaux says Aguillard brings a “strong and diverse set of law enforcement and legal expertise to the position.”

In addition to 18 years of law enforcement experience, Aguillard has a decade of experience as an assistant district attorney and an assistant attorney general.

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