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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Since his hire in May of 2011, Steven Mahon has shot through the ranks at the department from patrol officer to investigator and now Officer in charge.

"I knew all of the in's and out's of the computer systems and the policies and procedures you know which the majority of this job here entails," says Mahon.

It's a position he was promoted to and was created.

After the university chose not to fill the open Police Chief position because of budgetary constraints.

"I spent two years in Iraq, training police officers and part of that time, I did a whole year in Baghdad doing administrative duties and during that time has kind of helped me prepare on how to deal with subordinates," says Mahon.

But does Steven Mahon have the experience to lead a department with a turbulent history?

"I've been supervisor in the past, not in this capacity as over a whole department but within a department," said Mahon.

As has been reported to KNOE 8 News by multiple sources, was Steven Mahon pressuring other officers to endorse him for the top position, when Ellerman and Chason left?

MARK BOYLE: "was there a petition circulated that you wanted other officers to sign to endorse you as officer in charge or chief?"

MAHON: "no"

"The moral in the department is high, but surely as you know with any administration change you know, you've got bumps in the road especially with our reorganization and with our patrol efforts and things like that officers have to get used to," said Mahon.

As with any leadership change, there are road bumps.  It's something officer in charge Mahon hopes to help the department through, as every officer works to protect the students on campus.

"We're always striving to increase the safety here on campus because that's our ultimate goal you know, we're basically a community here, you can't stop and prevent all crime but we're certainly going to try our hardest to do what we can in preventing and solving these crimes that do occur on campus," said Mahon.

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