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Louisiana city names new police chief

August 9, 2019

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has named a new police chief.

KPLC-TV reports DeRidder police Lt. Craig Richard will immediately assume duties as the department’s chief of police.

Mayor Misty Clanton announced Wednesday that Richard will replace former DeRidder police Chieff John Gott, who retired in 2018 after serving nine years as chief.

Richard has 26 years as a law enforcement officer. He began with the city in 1993 as a patrolman and has served in various capacities over the years, including range officer, investigator for the Beauregard/DeRidder Narcotics Task Force, Training and Standards officer, and chief of detectives.

Prior to becoming a city officer, Richard worked in emergency medical services and as a firefighter.

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Information from: KPLC-TV, http://kplctv.com

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