Now that Lafayette Marshal Brian Pope has been convicted of a felony, he will be suspended from his office without pay.
District Attorney Keith Stutes says Judge David Smith, the presiding judge on Pope’s case, ordered a pre-sentencing investigation, which according to the DA is typical after a trial. Pope must wait until his sentencing date ,which has not yet been set.
Lafayette city judges have not appointed an interim marshal. News 10 sat down with Stutes today who says even without an acting marshal, the marshal’s office is still operating.
“The office is not just in shambles. There is a first deputy and chief deputy,” says Stutes. He says as of right now he does not know who the city judges will appoint as interim marshal said.
“They were taken aback by it. It happened last night so they were taken aback by it today,” said Stutes. “So I would think there will be ashort period of time before they appoint someone.
The DA says there was word of Donald Washington being reappointed, but he was recently nominated by President Donald Trump to be the director of the U.S. Marshals Office.
“Day-to-day operations I think are going to be done by the chief deputy, and he basically runs the office on a day-to-day basis,” added Stutes.
At the end of the day, the marshal’s office will continue to do its job, he said.