The Lockport Town Council on Wednesday appointed a sergeant with 14 years of law enforcement experience as interim police chief.
David Harrelson temporarily replaces Warren Vedros Sr., who resigned Tuesday after his indictment two weeks ago on eight felony charges.
During Wednesday’s special meeting, the council also called for a special election for police chief. Wednesday was the last day to get an item on the Oct. 14 ballot.
Harrelson is planning on running for the office.
“It’s been a goal since I started 14 years ago,” he said. “I’d be lying if I told you I expected it now, but I’m prepared for it. I’ve worked my whole career for this moment. I’ve done everything I could with training, even hanging out after hours trying to learn.”
Vedros was elected to a fourth straight term Nov. 8.
A grand jury on May 31 indicted him on charges of theft, forgery, three counts of malfeasance in office and three counts of filing false public records. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish jail June 1 and released that day after posting an $80,000 bond.
Harrelson said he’ll be meeting with the other officers and then going into the community to get input from citizens on solving problems in the town. Although he hasn’t received any negative comments, he said it’s time to regain the public’s trust of the Police Department.
“We’re all still in kind of a shock about the former chief, but … we still have a job to do, still have a town to protect. That’s our focus,” he said. “We’ve had an outpouring of support for the officers, but we want to make sure it stays that way.”
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