Lake Charles promoting deputy chief to police chief

Published 11-23-2018

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Louisiana city has chosen its deputy chief for operations to replace its police chief, who is retiring in January after nearly 20 years.

News agencies report that six Lake Charles City Council members voted Wednesday to appoint Shawn Caldwell as chief after Don Dixon retires Jan. 15.

Councilwoman Mary Morris abstained, saying city residents never had a chance to comment on the candidates.

The American Press reports that she also said the department doesn't reflect the city's racial makeup. Lake Charles is 53 percent non-white.

Caldwell says he'll probably send Mayor Nic Hunter his recommendations for the two deputy chiefs before he takes over.

Hunter recommended Caldwell after an advisory panel recommended three of nine candidates.

KPLC-TV reports that the job pays at least $85,000 a year.

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