Covington mayor terminates police chief - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Covington mayor terminates police chief; Palmisano appeals

Richard Palmisano (File) Richard Palmisano (File)

Covington, La. - Mayor Mike Cooper says he's not happy with a lot of things involving the Covington Police Department under the command of Chief Richard Palmisano.

"Upon taking office I've given the Police Department and Chief Palmisano full support in making the changes and giving a positive image to our department and this city. At this point, we're in a position where that has not happened," says Mayor Mike Cooper.

Mayor Cooper says he met with Chief Palmisano earlier this week.  Friday morning, the Mayor decided to fire him.  He also gave Palmisano a letter outlining a series of allegations against him.

Chief Palmisano has decided to fight the termination. His attorney, Eric Hessler, fired off a letter of appeal to the Civil Service Commission.

"We filed an appeal because the chief firmly believes that in all the outlined incidents he acted appropriately. He disciplined officers when he found wrongdoing or identified wrongdoing after an investigation," says Hessler.

The mayor says, besides the actions of his police officers, there are other things that Chief Palmisano should be held accountable for.

"We're in a situation now where we're below our staffing levels. We are having a difficult time keeping police officers on our force and there's an attitude over there that can no longer be tolerated," says Mayor Cooper.

The mayor and police chief have had a rocky relationship since Mayor Cooper took office in 2011.  Just three months in office, Mayor Cooper placed Palmisano on administrative leave for several weeks.

The chief's attorney believes Mayor Cooper violated Palmisano's rights when he was terminated.

"We certainly don't believe that in this incident the chief had proper due process afforded to him. The process we do believe was in violation of state law and it certainly didn't give just rise to his termination," says Hessler.

Mayor Cooper says while Chief Palmisano appeals his termination, Capt. Jack West will be in charge of criminal investigations and internal affairs. He says Capt. Chris Lang will be in charge of the patrol division.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Instant analysis of Saints-Chargers workouts day two

    Instant analysis of Saints-Chargers workouts day two

    Drew Brees should see his first action of the preseason Sunday against the Chargers. Source: Nola.comDrew Brees should see his first action of the preseason Sunday against the Chargers. Source: Nola.com
    The Saints and Chargers wrapped up two days of workouts in Costa Mesa this afternoon. Saturday the Saints will have a walk through, and Sunday they face the Chargers in their second preseason game. Here's the highlights of workout #2. Don't see Saints' Fleener, Harbor, Dural, Lampman, Allen, Anthony, Calhoun, Breaux (obviously). — Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 18, 2017   Michael Thomas great catch in traffic for TD during 7 on 7 — Sean FazendeFOX8 (@Sean...more>>
    The Saints and Chargers wrapped up two days of workouts in Costa Mesa this afternoon. Saturday the Saints will have a walk through, and Sunday they face the Chargers in their second preseason game. Here's the highlights of workout #2. Don't see Saints' Fleener, Harbor, Dural, Lampman, Allen, Anthony, Calhoun, Breaux (obviously). — Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 18, 2017   Michael Thomas great catch in traffic for TD during 7 on 7 — Sean FazendeFOX8 (@Sean...more>>
  • David: Summer storms return

    David: Summer storms return

    FOX 8 Photo/FILEFOX 8 Photo/FILE

    Moisture will gradually increase over the weekend and into early next week. This means our daily chance of showers and storms will return. 

    more>>

    Moisture will gradually increase over the weekend and into early next week. This means our daily chance of showers and storms will return. 

    more>>
  • Police: Man robs Wagner's Meat, gets away with cash

    Police: Man robs Wagner's Meat, gets away with cash

    (Source: Kenner PD)(Source: Kenner PD)

    Kenner police are looking to identify a robbery suspect and they’re asking for the public’s help.

    more>>

    Kenner police are looking to identify a robbery suspect and they’re asking for the public’s help.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly