Broussard elected as chief of police
The city of Crowley has found its replacement for Chief of Police K.P. Gibson in “Jimmy” Broussard.
“I would like to thank the city of Crowley and those who had faith in me and voted me in as chief,” said Broussard. “My hope is that over the next two-and-a-half years that that faith in me continues.
“It was a wonderful race. I want to thank Scott (Fogleman) for a good, clean race. Now the real work begins.”
Broussard pulled away throughout the night, going from a race separated by three votes to one that would eventually be 228.
But, overall, the tight race the city of Crowley expected came to fruition Saturday.
The close race was made official at 8 p.m. when polls were closed and the absentee ballots results showed three votes separating the two men.
In the end, Broussard would pull 1,330 votes to Scott Fogleman’s 1,102.
“I think it was a great race,” said Fogleman.
“I’m happy for Jimmy (Broussard).”
Out of over 8,000 registered voters in Crowley, only 2,432 voted, meaning the turnout for Saturday’s election was only about 30 percent.
To make the runoff, Broussard and Fogleman had to overcome two other candidates which combined for 817 votes, or 29 percent of the votes in the March 5 election.
During that election, it was Fogleman that held the edge – by 97 votes. Fogleman recorded 37 percent – 1,051 total votes – while Broussard gathered 34 percent – 954.
Broussard will take office July 1, when the current chief takes the office of Acadia Parish Sheriff. Broussard will then serve out the remaining term for chief.