Town council votes to terminate Duson police chief - KLFY News 10

Town council votes to terminate Duson police chief

It was a swift vote Tuesday by the Duson Town Council. The council voted unanimously to terminate Police Chief Frank Andrew. 

"Chief Frank Andrew the town has spoken. Effective right now you are no longer Chief of Police for the town," explains Mayor Johnny Thibodeaux.

Duson Councilman Carroll Culpepper refrained from voting. It was Culpepper who said he spotted Chief Andrew gambling at a casino while on duty. The report was read during an open special meeting Andrew agreed to last month. However, the incident has not been confirmed as the reason for the chief being fired Tuesday. 

"If you're saying Mr. Frank committed an offense while he was on duty then I think we have to determine with Mr. Andrew what is being on duty. Is he on duty or is he on call," adds attorney Marcus Allen. Andrew's attorney is Lafayette Attorney Marcus Allen. Allen says the termination was not part of the executive session discussion. 

"It was a clear objective when we walked-in. We just didn't know what it was. We asked what is this thing here and we could not get any answer," explains Allen.

Allen says the next plan of action is to go through the town policy on terminations, because he says there's a Bill of Rights for Andrew as an officer. 

"Although I didn't get them today, I will get them. [Reporter Question: Are you talking lawsuit?] I'll get them." The town attorney says Andrew's temporary replacement will be Duson Patrol Officer Joe Caillet, while the job is advertised over 30 days.

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