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Newly elected police chief's plans for Westlake

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WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC-TV) – Police Chief-Elect Michael Dickerson spent most of his Sunday taking down campaign signs.

Anyone who lives in Westlake could tell by the number of signs, just how competitive the race for police chief was.

Dickerson, who is currently the captain of the police force, defeated his boss Police Chief Jeremy Cryer 57% to 43%, or by 179 votes on Saturday.

"I'm really overwhelmed and excited that Westlake chose me to lead the department into the future," said Dickerson.

Dickerson said he does not know if his suspension by Cryer in August played any factor in Saturday's outcome; although he did tell 7 News at the time that Cryer's actions were politically motivated.

Cryer said Dickerson's suspension was not politically motivated and instead had something to do with misconduct by Dickerson.

"If this were to be anybody else or any other time, I'd have made the same decision," said Cryer.

Dickerson said he won the election by working hard and knocking on just about every door in town.

Going forward, the police chief-elect said he plans on increasing police visibility, add officers and interact with the public on a regular basis.

Dickerson plans on meeting with the mayor in the days to come and hopes for a smooth transition of power.

Dickerson will return to work as captain tomorrow until he is sworn into office in January.

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