State Police Veteran Picked To Be Baton Rouge Police Chief

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Baton Rouge's mayor has picked a veteran Louisiana State Police trooper to serve as the city's new police chief.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Friday that she selected Murphy Paul from a pool of five finalists after a five-month search process.

The Advocate reports Paul was the only finalist without any previous experience on the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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Paul joined the state police in 1994 and, as lieutenant colonel, most recently served as deputy superintendent of the agency's Bureau of Investigation.

Paul replaces Carl Dabadie Jr., who retired over the summer. During her 2016 mayoral campaign, Broome had vowed to replace Dabadie.

Jonny Dunnam has served as the department's interim chief since Dabadie's retirement.

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