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§2541.1.  Deputy chief of police; competitive appointment

A.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the governing authority may create, by ordinance, the position of deputy chief of police in accordance with the provisions of this Section.  The position shall be filled on a competitive basis from a list of eligibles as provided for in R.S. 33:2551(4), and the right of selection, appointment, supervision, and discharge for such position shall be vested in the chief of police, subject to approval of the appointing authority.  In addition, the governing authority shall establish the duties and responsibilities of the deputy chief of police in the ordinance creating the position.  Such duties and responsibilities may include direct supervision over all positions in the classified service below the rank of chief of police.  The position of deputy chief of police is not the same as the position of assistant chief of police which is in the classified police service pursuant to this Part.

B.(1)(a)  The deputy chief of police shall have not less than eight years of full-time law enforcement experience and shall at least hold the rank of sergeant in the classified police service at the time of his appointment.

(b)  Notwithstanding the provisions of Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph, in the city of Jennings, the qualifications for the position of deputy chief of police shall be not less than ten years of full-time law enforcement experience of which not less than two years shall be in the classified police service of the Jennings Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service at the time of appointment as deputy chief of police.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph, in the city of St. Martinville, the qualifications for the position of deputy chief of police shall be not less than five years of full-time law enforcement experience.

(2)  Any person who holds the position of deputy chief of police may, while holding such position, apply for admission to the promotional examination for the class next higher than that from which he was appointed as deputy chief of police.  However, the name and score of any deputy chief of police shall not be certified to the appointing authority by the civil service board as eligible for appointment to a position of the promotional class, and his name and score shall be eligible for certification, in accordance with the maximum period for which a name may remain on the eligibility list in accordance with the provisions of this Part, only upon demotion to a position of the class from which he was appointed as deputy chief of police.

(3)  Eligibility for admission to the competitive test for deputy chief of police shall be limited to members of the same department as the chief of police at the time of appointment.

C.(1)  Any person who is appointed from a position in the classified police service to serve as deputy chief of police shall not forfeit his seniority accumulated to the date of his appointment, and he shall continue to accumulate seniority in accordance with the provisions of this Part during the time he holds the position of deputy chief of police.  The deputy chief of police shall serve indefinitely in the classified competitive position and shall be evaluated every three years by the chief of police.  After each evaluation by the chief of police, the chief may reconfirm the deputy chief for another three year period, or may, at his discretion, demote the deputy chief to his former class of positions.

(2)  If any such person is demoted as the result of such evaluation, or otherwise vacates the position on the approval of the chief of police, he shall be demoted to a position in the class he held immediately preceding his appointment as deputy chief of police.  If a deputy chief of police is subjected to corrective or disciplinary action, he shall have the same rights as any other employee in the municipal fire and police civil service.

Acts 2010, No. 748, §1, eff. June 29, 2010; Acts 2011, No. 40, §1; Acts 2014, No. 583, §1.

NOTE:  See Acts 2010, No. 748, §§2 and 3, regarding effect and applicability of this Section.

The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Law was amended as a result of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session. As of this writing, the web sites of both the Legislature of the State of Louisiana and West Group (West Law) have not posted the civil service law in its final amended form. However, we have added the above section to reflect the changes in the law. The additions are temporarily underlined, and upon verification with the final publication of the law, will be incorporated into the existing language.