The law, according to the daily’s Jim Mustian, requires that the Louisiana State Police superintendent be selected “from the ranks of sworn, commissioned State Police officers who have graduated from the State Police training academy.”
The law goes back to the early ’80s tenure of Gov. Dave Treen and was meant, according to Mustian’s report, to prevent governors from appointing unqualified candidates — lawyers, business people, political benefactors — from running the state’s top law-enforcement agency.
But, as the paper reports, that law’s merits are being called into question. Read more here.