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Very few trying for the Baton Rouge chief's job

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Only four people have applied so far to take the civil service exam to become Baton Rouge's next police chief and the deadline for applications is Apirl 9.

A pool of that size would be far smaller than the groups of applicants who have taken the test in previous police chief searches. But Sgt. Bryan Taylor, chairman of the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board, said he expects a last-minute surge in applications before the close of business Tuesday.

Taylor says some applicants could be waiting until the final hour to file their paperwork to avoid the "fanfare" and publicity seen in previous selection processes.

But Taylor also acknowledged that Police Chief Dewayne White's highly publicized firing could have an unpredictable impact on the number of people applying.

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