State law precludes national search for Louisiana’s next State Police superintendent

In announcing his retirement as superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, Col. Mike Edmonson said last week that he hoped to restore a sense of normalcy to an agency riven by controversy in recent weeks.

Many rank-and-file troopers embraced Edmonson’s departure as a chance for a new beginning; they called for fresh blood to unite an organization given to factions and cliques.

And in the wake of a scandal involving questionable overtime pay and out-of-state travel, some experts said the State Police might benefit from an outsider’s perspective as the agency seeks to boost morale and reform its often parochial culture…


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