Arnaudville police chief Eddy LeCompte is facing push-back from members of the community, starting with 18 year old Dakota Arnaud.
“I just think it’s ridiculous that somebody that’s an elected official like that could get away with such things” says Arnaud.
Arnaud says one of his biggest concerns was Chief LeCompte issuing a badge and gun to a reserve officer and failing to insure him,
“that puts the town at a liability for so many law suits. If that man would have, say, arrested someone or shot someone, if it came down to it.”
Chief LeCompte blames an employee and says it was a paperwork oversight, “the town clerk did not put this officer’s name on it. You know, that paper work was never brought to me because I certainly would have reviewed that and said whoa, whoa, whoa, you’ve got to put this officer on there because he’s a reserve officer” says Chief LeCompte
But that’s not all, according to Arnaud, “He sexually discriminates against his female workers which is why one of them has quit and another filed a law suit against him.”
Chief LeCompte says a pregnant officer was told by her doctor to be put on light duty. “I’m not trying to be a horse’s pa-toot. My gosh, she’s a pregnant young lady. I love pregnant ladies. So, I didn’t feel bad. I mean I felt bad because there was no place for me to put her” says Chief LeCompte.
In a letter to the town’s registered voters Chief LeCompte says Arnaud has been misguided and manipulated by more experienced adults.
“He’s 18 years old. He just graduated from high school. But I can’t say that. You know I can’t point the finger at that young man and say somebody coached him into what he’s doing.”
“It makes me feel as if he thinks I don’t know what I’m talking about, and yes, I may be young, I may just graduated high school, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t know what I’m talking about” says Arnaud.
Chief LeCompte also said in his letter, quote, “While it’s a citizens right to disagree, a recall petition will not weaken my resolve or muzzle my voice.”