WPD chief gets raise, three officers let go
By SHEILA SMITH
WELSH – The Board of Aldermen here voted to raise the police chief’s salary by $10,000 over the course of 2013 as well as accepted his recommendation to relieve three officers of their duties, including the assistant chief and a detective.
The previous salary for the chief’s position was $28,000 annually plus a $2,000 medical allotment, bringing the total to $30,000. Welsh Police Chief Marcus Crochet only took office Jan. 1 but received an initial $5,000 raise Wednesday, a move that was unanimously supported by the board as well as Mayor Carolyn Louviere. In addition to the first $5,000, when the town’s next fiscal year begins on June 1, Crochet will receive another $5,000 raise. The total salary will now be $40,000 per year.
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