Bay P.D. seeking new officers amid shakeup
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 3, 2017, 18:42
Four officers with the Bay St. Louis Police Department have left the city in recent weeks, Mayor Les Fillingame said Friday.
The officers represented about 15 percent of the city's police force.
"None of these officers were targets into the investigation of former Police Chief Mike De Nardo, he said. "They all left for various reasons. I really cannot get into specifics because they are all personnel issues, but I can say that two of them left to take jobs at other departments."
However, both Bay St. Louis City Council President Mike Favre and Ward 6 Councilman Lonnie Falgout on Friday seemed to contradict the mayor's assertion, stating publicly that more than one of the officers had left in the wake of ongoing investigations within the department.
Favre cited a reported FBI investigation into a "secret" discretionary fund that had apparently not been approved by city leaders.
The names of the officers have yet to be released.
Falgout said that such problems within the department were the reason he had sought a few months ago to have the Hancock County Sheriff's Office take over management of the department.
Fillingame said the city is now looking to hire more police officers.
He said that despite the recent turnover, he believes new police Chief Darren Freeman is doing a "phenomenal" job.
"Chief Freeman is building a department based on high standards," Fillingame said. "He has raised the bar."
Anyone interested in applying for a job at the Bay St. Louis Police Department can call 228-467-9221.