Sulphur Mayor interviewing Police Chief candidates

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The City of Sulphur could soon have a new Chief of Police. Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said the interview process is underway and he hopes to have a candidate for appointment by next week. According to Duncan 13 people applied for the job, but only 10 took the Civil Service test. Out of those 10, three declined to accept an interview for the job.

"We've been interviewing the remaining seven candidates this week. We've interviewed four thus far and will wrap up the other three on Tuesday," said Duncan. "The interviews have been lasting on average about two hours. We are going over everything from experience in law enforcement and management style."

Duncan said the candidates are from several different backgrounds - including Sulphur Police, the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office, and Lake Charles Police Department. Duncan said after interviewing all of the candidates he and his administrative assistant will narrow the field down to three candidates.

Base pay for the job is just over $49,500 per year. But with longevity and state supplemental pay the qualified candidate could make anywhere from $55,000 to $70,000 per year - not including benefits.

"I'm looking for someone who will be a leader. You can't go into the department and want to make drastic changes. If you are planning on doing that - that's not the candidate I'm looking for," said Duncan.

Duncan will make his appointment for Chief to the Sulphur City Council Tuesday, November 22nd at a special meeting at 5 p.m. The City Council has the option to ratify his appointment.

Duncan said they are under a timeline by Civil Service Law. Longtime Sulphur Police employee Mel Estess was promoted to provisional chief for up to 180 days after Chief Chris Abraham was relieved of his duties. That provisional appointment ends November 24th.