- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing the Sorrento Town Council to ask voters to abolish the elected office of police chief and the police department.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1hTfBOd ) legislation was introduced by state Sen. Jody Amedee.

Mayor Mike Lambert asked for the legislation after Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. resigned Feb. 7. The resignation came as a requirement of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors who accused him of lying to an FBI agent about inappropriate sexual contact with a woman who had made a 911 call to the department.

Theriot is scheduled for sentencing July 11. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and other conditions.

The new law gives the Town Council, with the recommendation of the mayor, the power to call for an election to abolish the office of chief of police, the police department or both.

The law also allows the town to contract with another law enforcement agency if voters abolish the chief’s office, the department or both.

Lambert said Thursday he believes a majority of the five-member Town Council will take the steps to put such a measure on the ballot.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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