His lawyer claims he was "micromanaged" by the Mayor
A day after he was abruptly fired by the Mayor of Baton Rouge, an attorney for the city's ex-police chief says he will appeal his termination at a hearing scheduled for February 18.
The lawyer says Dewayne White will request that the hearing be made open to the public.
Attorney Jill Craft claims White, a former state trooper who was hired as the police chief in May 2011, was micromanaged by Mayor Kip Holden who allegedly refused to allow White to make any personnel decisions without his approval.
Craft told reporters White was "doing his job well" and was "devastated" by his dismissal.
Holden has declined to provide an explanation for the firing of White saying he does not discuss personnel decisions.
The Advocate reports there has been speculation that disputes with the city's police union may have played a role in his termination. White had claimed the union had stood in the way of his efforts to bring systemic changes to the department.