From WBRZ – Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has resigned, WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned. EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome had been looking to hire a new chief since she was elected last year.
Multiple sources told the WBRZ Investigative Unit that Dabadie submitted his resignation letter Monday and Monday, July 24, was going to be his last day. WBRZ was first to report details of the chief's decision to step down and the mayor commented on the change during a news conference on another matter.
It was during her remarks about a new tax to fund transportation needs when WBRZ.com reported the chief's decision. At the end of the news conference, the mayor revealed she received Dabadie's letter earlier in the morning.
“It is my understanding… that Chief Dabadie has rendered a letter of retirement," the mayor said. "As I have said consistently, Chief Dabadie is an honorable man... I will continue to say that. He has served our city and our parish as police chief and, certainly, many people appreciate his contribution to law enforcement," the mayor continued.
The mayor will name an interim chief soon, the mayor said, promising additional information on the department by the end of the day Monday.
WBRZ has learned high-ranking officers were notified earlier Monday morning and were in the process of letting rank and file officers know.