- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

FERRIDAY, La. (AP) - Ferriday officials say they expect to have a new police chief in place by next month.

Mayor Gene Allen tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/SH228z ) three candidates of the seven who applied have been selected as finalists for the appointed police chief position.

Allen fired former police chief Richard Madison in April, citing a high number of unsolved burglaries as the reason to find a replacement. Allen said at the time nearly 16 burglary cases remained unsolved.

Investigator Derrick Freeman was appointed as interim police chief after Madison was fired and was one of the seven people who applied for the full-time position.

Allen says he expects to announce the new police chief at the town’s board meeting in July.

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Information from: Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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