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Apr 8, 2014 6:36 PM by Kristen Holloway

Arnaudville gets new police chief

Voters in St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes have selected a new chief of police for the town of Arnaudville.

Retired Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy Eddy Lecompte has toppled interim Arnaudville Police Chief Kenneth Toby Wetzel to take over as the new Arnaudville Chief of Police. The special election was held Saturday to replace former Chief Richard Mizzi, who stepped down after a recall petition was filed.

The first order of business for Lecompte is upgrading all equipment used by police officers.

"Secondly is to really strengthen the relationship that I have with the St. Martin and St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office," said Lecompte. "I also want to start a neighborhood watch program for the town of Arnaudville."

After a close race Saturday, with Lecompte winning by just 17 votes, the retired deputy says he's excited for change.

"This is not a win for me, it's a win for the town of Arnaudville," Lecompte said. "You know Arnaudville wanted a change, they wanted to upgrade what was currently happening."

Reaching out to the residents and having a positive relationship with the community is Lecompte's ultimate goal.

"I want to find out what their concerns are and what they want changed in the community and then try to effect those changes," Lecompte said.

Lecompte will be sworn one week from today.

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