Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard intends to fight for his position after Lafayette Mayor-President Elect Josh Guillory announced he wanted to make a leadership change at the police department.
Chief Aguillard explains he found out the new mayor elect wanted him out during a meeting to discuss the future of the department.
Unlike the other departments Guillory wants to make a change at Public Works and Community Development, the police chief is civil service protected.
“I believe I do have the right to appeal any termination and I intend to do that, if he does indeed fire me on January the 6th.” said Aguillard.
For Chief Aguillard, the reason to fight his termination is simple.
“Because I love this position. I loved being the chief of police in Lafayette. The people here, the culture here, the men and women of the Lafayette Police Department are the best I’ve ever worked with. There’s still a lot I want to do here. I plan to move this department forward.” he explained.
Lafayette Mayor-President Elect Josh Guillory says he evaluated every department of LCG on its efficiency and effectiveness.
He determined a change needed to be made at the top of LPD.
“It’s not always easy making this decisions, but I wasn’t put in this position to just take the easy route. I wasn’t just put in this position to make the political decisions. I was put in this position to make sure that the community is safe to make sure our community prospers.” said Guillory.
Current Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux who appointed Aguillard is proud of the chief led the department in tough situations such as Ferguson and the death of Cpl. Michael Middlebrook.
“He led us through that and brought everyone again together, during that tragedy and has continued to serve us well. It’s tough but the nature of the transition.” said Mayor Robideaux.
Chief Aguillard is still hoping Guillory reconsiders.
He points to the department’s 98 percent arrest rate in homicide rates since he’s taken over in 2016.
“I attribute our success to our community trust. What I’m saying is we’ve built so much trust in this community under my leadership, that we solve cases as the result of it and that’s what it’s really all about.” said Chief Aguillard.
News 15 asked if Guillory wanted to make a change at police chief, what he is looking for in his next explained it’s too early to discuss a replacement.
The new mayor-president elect says he respects Aguillard’s decision to fight his termination, but feels that a leadership change is necessary.
He will be sworn into office on January 6th.