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Sorrento voters could decide police fate

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SORRENTO, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert is taking steps to bring to voters this fall the issue of abolishing the town's Police Department and police chief post.

Lambert said he contacted state Sen. Jody Amedee, of Gonzales, about the legislative process involved shortly after the abrupt departure of former Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. on Feb. 7.

Theriot later pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of lying to an FBI agent about an incident last fall in which Theriot admitted to "inappropriate sexual contact" with a woman.

Councilman Marvin Martin said, while he would prefer to keep the Police Department, he would vote to let residents decide whether to abolish the department and the chief's job.

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