Arnaudville police chief resigns - KLFY News 10

Arnaudville police chief resigns

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The Town of Arnaudville is without a Chief of police...sort of.

At a council meeting Tuesday night, City Attorney Richard Haik, Jr. announced Richard Mizzi's resignation.

"I spoke with Chief Mizzi this morning and he notified me of his retirement. So, he wanted me to tell the mayor and the board that he is putting in his two weeks basically, he has accepted another job and he will run the department via the telephone."

For weeks residents have been gathering signatures on a petition to recall Chief Mizzi, amidst allegations that he wasn't fulfilling his duties. Jamie Huval spearheaded the petition, which now has the 307 signatures necessary to file with the St. Landry Parish Registrar of Voters.

However, Haik, Jr. said if Mizzi has indeed resigned, the petition won't mean much.

"The petition to recall would become a moot point at that junction because he would no longer be in office," he explained.

Huval said he still plans to file the petition on Wednesday morning.

"I can't be sure, so until I see something, then I am not stopping."

Huval was not the only one doubting Mizzi's claims of retirement. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Mizzi has no credibility and he will no believe he has resigned until there is proof. In the meantime, Guidroz's department will step in to give residents in Arnuadville what they petitioned for.

"We're going to  come in and help them and provide assistance, leadership, resources, whatever they need. I recommend residents call the police department first, and then us, because they are still the main source of law enforcement," Guidroz said.

Since no one has seen Mizzi's resignation, all anyone can do is sit and wait to see if a copy can be obtained or if the petition will remove him from office. Either way, Huval sees it as a win.

"If I would have never started this petition, he would have never resigned so regardless we did get him out. Regardless of what he may think or anyone, we did get him out."

The resignation or retirement won't become official until it is received by the Secretary of State. Once that happens, an end date for Mizzi's term can be established. An interim chief will be appointed until a new one is elected or the town can contract with the Sheriff's Department.

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