- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Hard work is the foundation upon which Houma Police Lt. Dana Coleman says he has built his career and hopes this will be his defining attribute when he takes over as police chief in early August.

Outgoing Police Chief Todd Duplantis announced he will retire Aug. 6 after overseeing the department for almost seven years. Coleman has been working under Duplantis as chief of detectives for the last five years.

Although Coleman acknowledges he is breaking the mold as the first black police chief in the city’s history, he tells The Courier (https://bit.ly/1KcnuuN) his race is secondary to his plans for the department. His first priority as chief will be to unify an organization he said has often been plagued by internal politics.

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

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