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Monroe Civil Service Board releases names for Monroe Police Chief exam

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:40 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Monroe Civil Service Board released the names of the men qualified to take the Monroe Police Chief exam.

The following men were approved as candidates for the competitive exam.

Reginald Brown

Kevin Strickland

Thomas Rhodes

Charles Johnson

Brown has been serving as the interim chief since Eugene Ellis retired in January of this year.

During Tuesday’s teleconference, Brown and the board chairman, Hardeman Cordell got into a heated discussion regarding qualifications.

During the discussion of applicants, Cordell referred to Brown as an officer, rather than his current title interim chief. Brown took offense to the remarks. In addition, Cordell questioned Brown’s service with the Metro Narcotics Unit and mentioned that he heard that he was “never around.”

Brown said he felt that this was “political” and “unfair.” Brown sued the Monroe Civil Service Board in 2017 claiming that he was denied due process.

“The court confirmed that I qualified and here we are again - having the same type of shenanigans, political shenanigans going on. All I want to do is be treated fairly like every other single candidate,” Brown said.

Cordell claims he just wanted to clarify qualifications.

“You look for a person’s background and having experience in all of the areas of police work and when they don’t have that, I get concerned because we have enough problems in this town with the police department,” Cordell said.

In order to take the test, the applicants had to meet specific qualifications.

According to the Civil Service Board, they had to possess either:

A.) Must have at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or a related curriculum and at least eight (8) years of responsible experience in law enforcement positions; or must have at least a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree in criminal justice, police administration, or other law enforcement curriculum and at least ten (10) years of responsible experience in law enforcement positions. Law enforcement experience should include work in positions which would provide background in patrol operations, criminal investigations, police training, and related areas of police department operations and management.

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B.) Applicant must possess one of the following high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, high school transcript, affidavit from the issuing high school, associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or college transcript, any one of which must indicate that graduation has occurred, or a degree awarded. Any Louisiana applicant who presents a home study diploma shall submit necessary documentation indicating Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approval of the home study curriculum. Non-Louisiana applicants shall be required to present proof of completion of a high school curriculum which has been accredited by the applicant’s state, or its state-approved agency. A certification of completion shall not be sufficient to substitute for a diploma or equivalency certificate and at least twelve (12) years of responsible experience in law enforcement positions, at least four (4) years of which must have been in positions which include administrative or supervisory responsibilities. Law enforcement experience should include work in positions which would provide background in patrol operations, criminal investigations, police training, and related areas of police department operations and management.

The exam is scheduled for July. Once the test is taken, results are sent to the state Civil Service Board, who then forwards them to the local office. The local board will then submit the results to Mayor Jamie Mayo, so he can appoint the city’s next chief.

For more information regarding classifications within the civil service profession click here.

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