Jamie Whaley, Brusly Police Chief until April 25 when his resignation will be made official, stood before a judge Thursday and declared his wrongdoing.
Whaley pled guilty to a felony charge of malfeasance in office for using a Brusly fleet credit card to rack up $1,120 in fuel charges to fuel his personal vehicle and boat from January 2013-January 2014.
On April 10, a West Baton Rouge grand jury indicted Whaley on malfeasance and theft charges, but as part of his plea agreement, the theft charge was dropped.
18th Judicial District Court Judge Robin Free sentenced Whaley to 18 months probation on a two-year sentence and ordered him to pay a $500 penalty. Also, as part of his plea agreement, Whaley will not be allowed to run in the upcoming election to complete the remaining two years of his term, which ends in 2016.
“I’m as happy as I can be with it. It’s going to be a tough road,” said Whaley Monday afternoon.
He said that he has started looking for work since he’s no longer working as chief in Brusly or as an officer in Plaquemine.
“I want the good people of Brusly to know that I love them and I appreciate their support through these trying times and I think whatever happens moving forward, I wish them the best,” he said, adding that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running for office again in the next election. “I’ve thought about running again in 2016… I might consider it, I just may.”
Whaley is currently still the town’s chief until April 25, when his resignation goes into effect, despite his April 17 guilty plea.
Louisiana law states that a municipal employee, if convicted of a felony, shall be removed from his position within a 10-day period of the final conviction.
RS 42:1414 states, “Within 10 days after a conviction is final and all appellate review of the original trial court proceedings is exhausted, the appointing authority of the employing agency shall terminate any state, district, parish, ward, or municipal employee who is convicted of a felony and is holding a position of employment with such agency.”
However, because Whaley chose to resign before the 10-day period, his resignation will, indeed, be issued April 25.
The Brusly Mayor and Town Council met Tuesday evening, April 22 (after the West Side Journal’s deadline), to appoint an interim chief, effective April 26.
The council also called a special election to be held November 4, 2014 for the position of Brusly Police Chief to complete Whaley’s remaining term through 2016.