Former Louisiana State Police Lt. Colonel Jay Oliphant, whom Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams, Jr., announced on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 that he was tapping to be his Director of Public Safety pending City Council approval on Monday, December 12, 2022.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:40 p.m., we got a call asking us to watch a live stream YouTube video.
What was it? Well, it seems the City of Natchitoches, with about $500,000 in spare change just lying around, had its Mayor, Ronnie Williams, Jr., call a rather impromptu news conference at 2:30 p.m. (he’d be asked about the timing near the end of the news conference) to indicate that the City would spend that spare change to hire former Louisiana State Police (LSP) Col. Jay Oliphant as its Director of Public Safety. It was Oliphant who was considered an extreme long shot to replace outgoing Col. Kevin Reeves, and he was known to be extremely tight with and loyal to Reeves.
Let’s provide that sudden impromptu news conference for our subscribers and casual site viewers at this time:
12/7/22 2:30 p.m. impromptu news conference called by the Mayor of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr., to announce his proposed appointment of former LSP Lt. Col. Jay Oliphant to Director of Natchitoches’ Department of Public Safety and be over its Police Chief and its Fire Chief. The Mayor begins to tout Oliphant beginning at the 7:15 mark of the video, and Oliphant begins speaking at the 11:00 mark.
We here at Sound Off Louisiana would respectfully strongly challenge Mayor Williams’ touting of Oliphant’s LSP accomplishments, particularly when he headed patrol and permitted a significant number of problematic acts by troopers to transpire under his tenure. We now present excerpts of a video we produced on January 6, 2021 entailing those problematic acts together with links for news features entailing them:
Excerpts from January 6, 2021 video presented by Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns.
Links for episodes referenced by Burns for areas overseen by former Lieutenant Colonel Jay Oliphant follow:
1. Kasha Domingue.
2. Jacob Brown.
3. Ronald Greene
4. August McKay (A) and August McKay (B)
5. Kaleb Reeves (Note: CLICK HERE for documentation on all of Kaleb Reeves’ fleet accidents during his LSP career).
6. Michael Lynn Satcher, II.
Near the end of the news conference, Mayor Williams opened it up for Q & A. One attendee asked where the money was coming from for this $500,000 outlay. In layman’s terms, the responder essentially indicated that it was just lying around.
Everyone knows the old saying about money burning a hole in one’s pocket. Looks to us like that’s the case with the City of Natchitoches.
We understand the City Council will take up Williams’ proposal Monday night (December 12, 2022). We think we’ll tune in to the live stream just to watch how it goes!
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