Is LSP Col. Lamar Davis’ focus on African American and female promotions causing a mass exodus of white male troopers at the agency?

Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis, whose alleged recent statements (together with one captured on video) about focusing his efforts on promoting African Americans and females over white males has, according to numerous sources who’ve communicated both verbally and via emails to Sound Off Louisiana, resulted in a “mass exodus” of male white troopers over the last 18 months, with many allegedly falling into the 3-15 year experience range which is allegedly historically “unprecedented.”

Editor’s Note:  We want to stress that NONE of the material we present on this feature or on subsequent follow-up features was derived from any white male trooper who may be disgruntled by any promotional or hiring decision of Louisiana State Police (LSP) Col. Lamar Davis.  ALL of the material and statements have been derived from sources we deem EXTREMELY reliable but who have no active direct involvement with LSP either now or at the time the disclosures were made to us.

On March 22, 2022, we received a very unnerving email regarding concerns about Louisiana State Police (LSP) Col. Lamar Davis placing a very heavy focus on promoting and hiring African American individuals and females to the detriment (and alleged near-non-consideration) of white males.  The individual sending the email purported to represent “many troopers,” and stated that Col. Davis made a disturbing statement to the Senate Committee on Oversight of Louisiana State Police being chaired by State Sen. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge).

We responded that we recalled hearing Davis make the statement but that it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack for us to try and isolate it.  It turned out we didn’t have to worry about doing the heavy lifting in that regard.  In a very, very rare move, this individual sent us a video file of Davis making his statement that allegedly provoked the ire of plenty of white male troopers across Louisiana.  Let’s take a look at that seven-second video clip at this time:

LSP Col. Lamar Davis testifies before the Louisiana Senate Committee on LSP Oversight that the agency has been historically comprised of “white males, ” and further states that the agency has, “got to make change.”

We sincerely hoped that Col. Davis would realize the error of blatantly isolating any race and/or gender for discrimination as a result of his perceived need to, “make change.”

Our hopes were soon dashed, however, as what began as a trickle of outrage expressed to us by a few LSP Trooper representatives quickly started rising to a flood of correspondence to us voicing extreme disdain for Col. Davis’ statement above, along with alleged subsequent highly-inflammatory statements he made at the Shreveport LSP Convention in early June of 2022 and subsequent “toned down” commentary he made to Troop A (Baton Rouge).

While we are refraining from publishing Davis’ alleged statements at Troop A, we will state that, if he in fact made them (and, as will be demonstrated on the next video, if we had an audio file of them, we would most certainly publish it), they are inexcusable!

At any rate, outrage over Davis’ alleged statements has now reached such a fever pitch that we feel that, similarly to the LSP Training Academy cheating scandal, we could no longer sit by while trooper outrage continued to fester over Davis’ recent actions and words.

Accordingly, Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns opted to prepare the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) on Thursday, October 13, 2022 that, just as he’d prepped them for impending Sound Off Louisiana features on that cheating scandal, he was likewise prepping them for Sound Off Louisiana features on many white male troopers’ concerns entailing the fixation of Col. Davis on hiring and promoting African American and female individuals to the detriment of white males.  Here’s Burns’ commentary to the Commission in that regard:

Burns addresses white male troopers’ concerns entailing Col. Davis’ fixation on African Americans and females for promotions and hiring to the perceived detriment of such white males.  [NOTE:  Burns referenced in the video above comments Col. Davis allegedly made at “Troop F,” however, he misspoke and the correct event and location of the statements was the LSP Convention in early June in Shreveport, Louisiana.]

While Burns was focused on videotaping the meeting, he received reports that Lt. Col. Chavez Cammon was texting to someone as Burns made his commentary and that Cammon soon left the room, presumably to place a phone call with speculation that any such call was to Davis and entailed Burns’ commentary.

The only thing we can state is that, upon the first break for Executive Session, Cammon immediately approached Burns and expressed his displeasure with the fact that we intend to publish Burns’ commentary without providing Col. Davis the chance to provide, “his side.”  We responded to Lt. Col. Cammon that, “just tell us when and where you want our camera, and we’ll provide Col. Davis with the opportunity to fully state ‘his side’ of this matter and provide the assurance that not one second of his statements will be edited out.”  Cammon responded, “I’m going to take you up on that, and I’m about to reach out to Capt. (Nick) Manale now.”

At a subsequent break, Cammon, perhaps finding out that Davis is not receptive to such an interview, stated, “It’s still my desire that Col. Davis provide his side, but it’s ultimately up to the Colonel.  I’ve let Captain Manale know my position, and I’ve let you know my position.”

Burns acknowledged Cammon’s statement of his position and that the offer for Davis to appear on camera will continue to stand.  We also emphasized the fact that, though we feel we likely won’t obtain the documents due to an invoking of “right to privacy” once again, we are seeking the Exit Interviews of every single trooper having resigned or retired since Col. Davis took over as Colonel.

Cammon responded that, as a non-lawyer, he would be unable to state whether we’ll get the documents or not but stressed that, “I’ve looked over many of those exit interviews, and if you think you’re going to find one wherein a resigning trooper says, ‘Well, I got pissed off with the Colonel today, so I’m resigning,’ you’re just not going to find that.”

We then asked Cammon if he was willing to concede the fact that there has been a “mass exodus” of Troopers leaving LSP over the last 18 months, and he did in fact acknowledge that fact but quickly added, “You have to realize people resign for any number of reasons and sometimes the reason they’re saying to you that they’re resigning is not the real reason they’re leaving.”

We feel it’s important to document the fact that Davis has been afforded that interview opportunity, so we sent Captain Manale this email (copied to Lt. Col. Cammon) making it crystal clear that we’d be more than happy to accommodate Col. Davis regarding stating “his side” if he is so inclined.  The email speaks for itself, and we also made the request for the Exit Interviews.  Mere hours before we published this feature, Capt. Manale responded, and here’s his response:

—–Original Message—–
From: Nick Manale <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 3:27 PM
To: [email protected]
Cc: Karen Roberts <[email protected]>; Denae Bering <[email protected]>; Melissa Matey <[email protected]>; Chavez Cammon <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: Public Records Requests: Exit Interviews Upon Resignations/Retirements During the Davis Regime……Opportunity for Camera Time Should Col. Davis So Desire



We will begin working with our Human Resources staff to determine how many files are responsive during that time period and the necessary redactions of personal information.



We’ll only draw attention to the fact that there is no response whatsoever to our continued invitation to Davis to be interviewed on the subject matter Burns addressed.

Now, regarding the tables Burns references that will be created in the above video, we’ve gone ahead and created the tables (one for promotions and one for retirements/resignations) so that everyone can see what the tables will look like once we’ve entered all of the material.  Admittedly, that is going to take some time to accomplish, particularly for the resignations/retirements, and the reason for that is that there has in fact been an absolute mass exodus of troopers from LSP within the last 18 months.  Here are the tables with one initial entry in each (the promotion entails Trooper Julia Amanda Willis for a Sergeant position in Troop D):

Promotional Opportunity and Close DateName, Race, and Gender of Applicant SelectedName(s), Race(s), and Gender(s) of Other Eligibles Not Selected
Sergeant, Troop D (Lake Charles), 8/23/22.Julia Amanda Willis (WF)Daniel Fontenot (WM)
Andrew Leonardo (WM)
Alexander Wiltz (WM)
Brock Moses (WM)

CLICK HERE for promotional summaries.
Major, Statewide, BOI Criminal Investigations Division, April 6, 2022Treone Larvadain (BF)Robert Hodges (WM)
Heath Guillotte (WM)

CLICK HERE for promotional summaries.
Captain, Technical Support Services (Baton Rouge), 12/10/20Aaron Marcelle (BM)John Stelly (WM)
David Stelly (WM)
Adam Albright (WM)
Nicole Kilgore (WF)
Robert Burns (Asian Male)
Rodney Hyatt (Asian Male)
Matt Landry (WM)
Jonas Martin (WM)
Sergeant, Protective Services (Baton Rouge), 12/14/20John Doiron (WM)Christopher Leday (BM)
Damien McAlister (BM)
Joshua Nations (WM)
Sergeant, Troop I (Lafayette), 12/17/20Bobby Falcon (WM)Arnold Hanks (WM)
Christopher Theriot (WM)
Eric Regan (WM)
Jason Flack (WM)
Joseph Miller (WM)
Captain, Technology & Business Support (Baton Rouge), 1/4/21David Stelly (WM)John Stelly (WM)
Adam Albright (WM)
Nicole Kilgore (WF)
Robert Burns (Asian Male)
Rodney Hyatt (Asian Male)
Matt Landry (WM)
Jonas Martin (WM)
Mark Fontenot (WM)
Lieutenant, BOI (Statewide - Insurance Fraud, Auto Theft) , 1/25/21Michael Wilkerson (BM)Lawrence Zeller (WM)
Eric Adams (WM)
Lenias Marie (WM)
Ken Pevoto (WM)
Alan Arcana (WM)
Jesse Brown (WM)
Theodore Chantlin (BM)
Amanda Fournier (WM)
Paul Voitier, IV (WM)
Timothy Duncan (BM)

Lieutenant, BOI, Statewide (Insurance Fraud & Auto Theft), 1/25/21.Arnell Garner (BM)Ralph Onstad, Jr. (WM)
Huey Lee McCartney (WM)
William Bosworth (WM)
Justin Berry (WM)
Lenias Marie (WM)
Kirk J. Thibodeaux (WM)
Jesse Brown (WM)
Jessie Shelton (WM)
Sergeant, BOI (Gaming) Breaux Bridge, St. Martin area, 2/11/21.Paul Dubois (WM)Charity Knoblock (WM)
Jesse La Grange (WM)
Leon Defelice (WM)
Ronald Dawsey (WM)
Todd Christopher McConnell (WM)
Jason Flack (WM)
Timothy Barlow (BM)
Jacob Dickinson (WM)
Christopher Lee Mason (WM)
Sergeant (Patrol), Troop F (Monore), 2/11/21.Justin Stephenson (WM)Steven Painhower (WM)
David Cummings (WM)
Michael Williamson (WM)
Ryan Baker (WM)
James Olmstead (WM)
Robert Roach (WM)
William Woodward (WM)
Ronald Rhone (BM)
Emmanuel Cole DeLaSalle (WM)
Michael Reichardt (WM)
Captain, Baton Rouge (Police Logistical Services), 2/11/21.Nicole Kilgore (WF)John Stelly (WM)
Adam Albright (WM)
Roland Jude Mathews (WM)
Jason G. Jacob (WM)
Robert Burns II (Asian Male)
Lanny Bergeron (WM)
Matt Landry
Rodney Hyatt (Asian Male)
Captain, Public Affairs Recruiting (Baton Rouge), 1/12/21Nick Manale (WM)John Stelly (WM)
Adam Albright (WM)
Robert Burns II (Asian Male)
Rodney Hyatt (Asian Male)
Jonas Martin (WM)
Mark Fontenot (WM)
Lieutenant, Alexandria (Troop E), 1/14/21.Aaron Raines (WM)Justin Bertrand (WM)
Michael Nugent (WM)
Ed Jason Francis (WM)
Amanda Fournier (WF)
John David Jett (WM)
Lieutenant, Alexandria (Troop E), 1/21/21.Amanda Fournier (WF)Justin Bertrand (WM)
Michael Nugent (WM)
Ed Jason Francis (WM)
Aaron Raines (WM)
John David Jett (WM)
Major, Statewide, Bureau of Investigations, Criminal Investigations Division, 1/29/21Jason Turner (WM)William Bradford Cook (WM)
Heath Guillotte (WM)
Robert Hodges (WM)
Trevor Smith (WM)

Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Division, New Orleans Office, 1/21/21.Samuel Boyd (BM)Leander Journee (BM)
Brandon J. Beaudoin (WM)
Burnell Thompson III (BM)
Jeff Argave (WM)
John Martinez (Hispanic M)
Rhonda B. Trapani (WF)
Nicole Barbe (WF)
Russell Brue (WM)
Michael A. Mims (BM)
Sergeant, Criminal Intelligence Division - Insurance Fraud, Bossier City (Troop G), 1/21/21.James David Jernigan (WM)Lawrence Hartsfield (WM)
Jason Flack (WM)
Jullian Anderson (BM)
Glenn Allen Younger (WM)
Lieutenant, Lafayette (Troop I), 1/21/21.David Speyrer (WM)Samuel "Bart" Delino (WM)
Joshua Arvie (BM)
Scott Verret (WM)
LSP Pilot, Alexandria, 1/14/21.Joseph Dessens (WM)William Brady Cook (WM)
Erik Stratton (WM)
Erin Williams (BM)
Lieutenant, Bossier City (Troop G), 1/14/21.George Strickland (WM)Chad Finn (WM)
Hackley Willis (WM)
Paul J. Harris (WM)
Amanda Fournier (WF)
Lieutenant, Baton Rouge (SWAT Supervisor), 4/6/22.Philip Hanks (WM)Jason Lamarca (WM)
Prentiss Bellue (WM)
Emergency Response (TESS) Baton Rouge, Troop A, 2/11/22.Ryan Zimmerman (WM)Ryan Beard (WM)
Jeremy Broussard (WM)
Dylan Doucet (WM)
Ryan Fontenot (WM)
David Hernandez (WM)
Brady Johnson (WM)
Tommy Lea (WM)
Albert Martin (WM)
Ashton McRae (WM)
Timothy Moise (WM)
Derrick Parish (WM)
Jake Patin (WM)
Chad Richard (WM)
Jared Taylor (WM)
Sergeant, Troop B (Kenner), 2/8/22.Brian Melvin (WM)Michael Mims (BM)
Jared Taylor (WM)
Shawn Boyd, Sr. (BM)
Lance Lavigne (BM)
Cameron Crockett (WM)
Tagie Journee (BM)
Andrew Mai (Asian Male)
Sergeant, Monroe - BOI, Criminal Intelligence, 2/7/22.Daniel Grissom (WM)David Cummings (WM)
Ryan Baker (WM)
Nicholas Blake (WM)
Christopher Voinche (WM)
Jonathan Chapman (WM)
Lieutenant, Statewide (Patrol), 2/7/22.James Jefferson (BM)Walter Mire (WM)
Hackley Willis (WM)
Ryan Zimmerman (WM)
Prentiss Belle (WM)
Rhon Bordelon (WM)
Paul Harris (WM)
Sergeant, Troop G (Bossier), 1/26/22Bradley Choate (WM)Sterling Bret Davis (WM)
Justin Morris (WM)
Jayson Linebaugh (WM)
Cody Williams (WM)
Andrew Phillips (WM)
Melvin Massey (WM)
Sergeant, Troop G (Bossier), 1/26/22.Brandon Cobb (WM)Sterling Bret Davis (WM)
Justin Morris (WM)
Jayson Linebaugh (WM)
Cody Williams (WM)
Bradley Choate (WM)
Andrew Phillips (WM)
Melvin Massey (WM)
Lieutenant, Troop E (Alexandria), 1/21/22.Michael Nugent (WM)Ed J. Francis (WM)
Sergeant, Troop F (Monroe), BOI (Insurance Fraud), 1/13/22.Justin Morris (WM)David Cummings (WM)
Lawrence Hartsfield (WM)
Robert Roach (WM)
Kevin Knight (WM)
Captain, Baton Rouge (Crime Lab), 1/11/22.Chad Guidry (WM)Rodney Hyatt (Asian Male)
Lance Kennedy (WM)
Joseph Patout (WM)
Trooper Retiring or Resigning and Approximate Effective DateRank, Race, Sex and Time of Service to LSP
Doug Cain, June 17, 2022Lt. Colonel, WM, 25 years.

If Col. Davis will grant the interview, we’ve committed that we won’t edit out one second of what he has to say, but we can also forewarn him that we have some very, very harsh commentary which has been supplied to us, and we most definitely will ask him for his thoughts on that commentary.

Just hang on folks because we’ll again quote Retired LSP Lt. Leon “Bucky” Millet in saying, “Things are likely to get very interesting!”  That’s especially the case given that one of our most reliable sources on LSP matters (who is not Leon “Bucky” Millet) has told us that Davis is, “offended and furious at the disrespect for what he is doing.”

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11 thoughts on “Is LSP Col. Lamar Davis’ focus on African American and female promotions causing a mass exodus of white male troopers at the agency?”

  1. Just to play devils advocate maybe Sgt. Willis had more time and training and experience than the other guys Mr. Burns. It doesn’t show that on those forms.

    1. Oh, I can’t tell you just how glad I am that you are willing to play “devils advocate.” I think it will shed light on why there’s no way in Haiti that Davis will sit down for an interview with me! I just put the promotion I did up for “example purposes;” however, that doesn’t mean I don’t have tons more information on that posting and the applicants. Consider this from just one of my sources for the current and upcoming features but reinforced by others:

      “They promoted Amanda Willis to SGT with only 5 years on the job over two 18-19 year Master Troopers that were very qualified. They also had a military veteran on that list with multiple tours overseas.”

      Now, here’s our problem, Disgusted Vendor. LSP Internal Affairs produces a “matrix” for all promotions (I’ve previously published them for the Air Support Pilot positions: They make it easy to ascertain what you reference at a glance.

      There’s just one problem. If you watch the video, you’ll note me expressing my appreciation for Mr. Hannaman getting me the material in only 30 days (and it was several thousand pages). In present-day LSP, if one makes a public records request that entails Internal Affairs, as I stated to Hannaman in one email (NOT as a joke!), “Maybe if I make the request today, I may have a shot of obtaining the documents by New Year’s 2024!”

      Here’s a perfect example. I’m providing a link for email exchanges wherein I try to ascertain the status of a SIMPLE (and I do mean SIMPLE) public records request I submitted on July 13, 2022 and for which I’m still waiting with no indication of when I may get the documents:

      I can tell you that it has been reported to me that the Internal Affairs documents I seek are “very damning,” so it’s no surprise that LSP is just hoping I’ll forget all about it and it will just fade away.

      In the present situation (i.e. the promotions) given what I’ve just indicated about Internal Affairs response time, what we’re going to have to do is just let Davis (or any other administrative official) challenge based on qualification, and we’ll examine them on a one-by-one basis; however, just as you’re seeing for Willis in playing “devil’s advocate,” one should never assume that I’m sitting around fat (well, maybe fat for sure) dumb, and happy. As Lloyd Grafton once said at an LSPC meeting, “When you think Grafton don’t know what’s going on at State Police, you’ve underestimated my ability to get information.” Nevertheless, we’re going to have to use the “challenge” approach in some instances because, otherwise, we’ll all be dead before I have the documentation to analyze each one, but you can take it to the bank that I’ve made inquiry about qualifications. EVERY SINGLE one (EVERY SINGLE ONE) of my sources has said, “If an African American or female is the most qualified, then by all means that individual should get the promotion, but if skin color is prioritized over qualifications, that is _______________.” (and you can feel free to fill in the blank).

      When the table is complete, Col. Davis or anyone else from his administration is welcome to, as is done in the NFL, throw the challenge flag. I’m just glad you sort of threw that flag for them on Sergeant Willis. I will also state that, had Davis granted me that interview (it’s NEVER going to happen), I had other questions to ask of his decision entailing Sergeant Willis, but take it to the bank, they aren’t questions he would want posed and certainly wouldn’t want to answer them. That’s if he even knows the correct answers because I think he is often aloof and, as has been the case in the past, he just lets the Chief of Staff (Cammon) run things. In this particular situation, that may very well be even more dangerous for him than Reeves permitting Noel/Cain to do likewise was.

      Thanks again for playing “devils advocate.”

    2. I can assure she was not more qualified, nor did she have more training and experience. My name would have been the 6th name on that list. However, the writing was on the wall for months prior to her promotion. Two sergeant vacancies were held until she was eligible for promotion until she passed the test in May. In March of 2022, I informed the Troop D commander that I was no longer interested in being promoted and would not be testing. I also informed him that I was no longer interested in working for LSP and was actively looking for other employment along with others. September 11th, I resigned with 13.5 years with LSP and 23 years of law enforcement experience. If you would like to see my resume to determine if I was qualified I’ll be glad to send it to you. Hit me up Robert, I have plenty more good stuff for you.

      1. Well I can only imagine for someone to get promoted over an 18 and 19 year trooper, they must be pretty exceptional.

        Back in my day the troop commander chose the sergeants. LSP.ORG says Brad Saltzman is the Commander. Guess he was impressed or just another lackey for the administration.

        Seems they are trying to get rid of the best and brightest. Sad to see them self injure the department and public this way. The voters should be allowed to vote for the Civil service board to take the organization over.

  2. I have that strange feeling the person getting the promotions are not the most qualified. Probably similar to the way they were promoting pilots.

      1. Well, I guess that why you don’t play devils advocate. I actually was trying to throw the state a bone.

  3. Robert, as you well know, LSP has a very flawed promotional system. In the current system, friends and “in crowd” are the ones promoted. Promotions are usually selected by section commanders when they should be made on years of service and qualifications. When a promotional list comes out, you can pick out the one getting promoted without knowing any of the candidate’s qualifications or time on job. When promotions are made in this manner, the promoted persons are beholden to the commander that recommended them. When you “owe” a commander for your promotion, you tend to follow the lead of the commander on not the law or LSP policies. These tendencies lead to people covering up incidents in order to protect the one who promoted them. The LSTA, who is supposed to be there to protect and support troopers, will never confront the commission to discuss changing promotional system because they’re afraid to disappoint the Colonel therefore costing someone a promotion.

  4. I’m sorry but Lamar Davis has barely more than a year left to his tenure. Anyone willing to end their career over a man that is almost done with his own career is making a permanent decision over a temporary situation.

  5. How to fix State Police
    1. Superintendent to come from outside the organization
    2. Place LSP back under Civil Service
    3. Have promotion panels comprised of individuals from surrounding State Police Agencies with reciprocal agreements to participate in promotional processes.
    4. Enforce Classified Employees are prohibited from political activity.
    5. On disciplinary matters, there should be complete transparency with sure and swift actions holding people accountable to include the Troopers immediate supervisor and chain of command.

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