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Broussard city council appoints interim police chief

During a special meeting the Broussard city council voted to name Vance Olivier as the interim police chief who says he is excited.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 9:34 PM

Broussard, LA - During a special meeting the Broussard city council voted to name Vance Olivier as the interim police chief who says he is excited.

"When you start out in your career, you don’t know what path you are going to take but as the path grew, that’s something I wanted to do was be in a leadership role. I got that at the police department and this was the perfect opportunity for me to step in and be the chief of Broussard," Olivier said during a press conference with the media Tuesday evening.

Two candidates were recommended by the city council for final review. Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber says it was a combination of several factors that led to choosing Olivier as the next police chief.

"The best fit for the city of Broussard as it turns out was Mr. Olivier just by virtue of the combination of his experience, his education and his formal leadership training," Garber said.

Olivier says one of the first things he plans to do as chief is meet with his department.

"First of all is meet with staff, that’s very important. And then I would like to meet with each of the officers individually and see what some of their issues they had in the past and see if we can work to try to better it to make it great for them, make it a great work environment," he said.

More importantly he says is getting out and building a relationship with the Broussard community.

"Meet all the community leaders and meet the community and see what their wants and their needs are so I can know what I can bring back to the department so we can move the department forward. Make sure it’s positive, we have a positive attitude, professional attitude. Professionalism is a must," Olivier said.

Olivier also says when he gets to work next week, he’ll start evaluating any other positions that need to be filled including assistant police chief.

Interim Chief Olivier will serve until the next regular election in the fall of 2022.

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