Mayor Mike Cooper Announces Chief of Police Selection
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 7, 2013
RE: Mayor Mike Cooper Announces Chief of Police Selection
After extensive review and consideration of the 14 candidates interested in the City of Covington Police Chief position, Mayor Mike Cooper has selected former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Timothy A. Lentz to serve as Chief of Police. "Chief Lentz has the education, experience, leadership abilities, and other qualities which make him best suited for this important position for our city. With his high level of enthusiasm and professionalism, I am confident in his ability to leverage relationships with other law enforcement agencies and rally the community behind the department," Mayor Mike Cooper.
With thirty years of experience at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Chief Lentz has extensive training in all aspects of local, regional, state, and Federal law enforcement practices and protocol. He earned a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University in New Orleans. He and his family are longtime residents of the Covington area.
"I have followed Tim throughout his career at the STPSO. He is driven to succeed in everything he does. Tim shares my philosophy for building a police department that develops leadership opportunities from within, as well as, my desire for promoting a positive working environment. Additionally, Tim will advance the development of a highly trained, professional, community-oriented police department. He will be a welcome addition to my administration as I have full trust and confidence in him to lead the department," Mayor Mike Cooper.
Chief Lentz will assume the position next week after completing City pre-employment requirements, Civil Service acknowledgements, and confirmation of the appointment by the Covington City Council.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Human Resources Director
Phone (985) 892-1811 ext. 724