BROUSSARD, La. (KADN) - The Broussard police chief has announced his retirement amid an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him.
In an email sent Monday, Chief Brannon Decou said, "It has been an honor to serve our city in public safety for the last 30 years in various capacities and for over twenty years as your Chief of Police." Read the letter in full below.
Back in April, Decou took a voluntary leave while authorities investigated the sexual harassment claims from a former officer.
Mayor Ray Bourque also released a statement Monday afternoon. He wrote:
"I received written notice of Chief Brannon Decou’s retirement announcement at 2pm today, effective June 1st. The Broussard Chief of Police is an elected official, and the City Council and I will be working closely together to determine an interim Chief and will make that announcement as soon as we have made our decision. Ultimately, an election will be held, and the citizens of Broussard will decide who the next Chief of Police will be.
I have been in constant communication with our police commanders, and I want our City to rest assured that the Broussard Police Department has been running smoothly, actively policing our community, and will continue to do so. It is our sincere desire that our police force and our city move forward with a fresh start and a renewed commitment to each other and to the residents and businesses of Broussard."