Mark Francis, LPD's Public Information Officer for the last eight years, said last Thursday he would be stepping down as department spokesman in order to take a position within Crimestoppers, which offers cash rewards to residents providing crime solving tips to LPD and the Lafayette Sheriff's Office.
The day before, Francis
was quoted in The Advertiser saying that federal investigators were looking into whether phone lines "surrounding" the office of Chief Randy Hundley were illegally tapped.
confirmed the wiretap inquiry this week, deferring any further comment to the office of U.S. Attorney Donald Washington.
departure as PIO is not connected to the wiretapping investigation or the story that appeared in The Advertiser.Beginning next month, Francis will be replaced by Jennifer Taylor, who now serves as assistant training director for the department. - Nathan Stubbs