January 09, 2019

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith Resigns

After three years at the helm of the Franklinton Police Department, Olander Smith submitted his resignation Tuesday night (January 8, 2019) during the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting. His resignation is effective February 1, 2019.

Smith is a resident of the Hackley community of Washington Parish. Prior to serving as Franklinton Poice Chief, Smith retired from the Louisiana State police after thirty three years, achieving the rank of Major and directing four Troops. Mr. Smith has over forty years of public service in law enforcement.

During his term as Police Chief and in addition to his primary duties, Smith initiated a Safety Expo for children, joined in efforts to address the parish's addiction crisis, promoted efforts to involve youth in the betterment of the community, worked with the District Attorney to address the plight of crime victims, and served on the Washington St. Tammany Electric Board of Directors.

Smith finished his brief remarks by sharing how you “get what you want” and that is by planning, by working, and by praying.

We wish Chief Smith the best in the future.

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