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Baton Rouge mayor recommends police chief's firing

Mayor-President Kip Holden, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, East Baton Rouge Parish

Baton Rouge, La. - Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden stands by his decision to fire Police Chief Dewayne White.

In a sometimes contentious public hearing on Monday, White refuted Holden's 14-point memo from last week that outlined the reasons for his termination.

Holden had accused the chief of leaking confidential information, shredding documents and repeatedly violating department policy.

At Monday's hearing, White said, "you accused me in nefarious fashion of shredding documents. I believe it was prudent to shred those documents instead of merely tossing them into a dumpster because they pertain sensitive information."

At the end of the hearing, Mayor Holden said he was "absolutely persuaded and convinced" to follow the recommendation of his chief administrative officer regarding White's firing.

As a classified state employee, White can appeal his firing locally and on the state level. White's attorney plans to do just that.

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