More Calls Coming for Col. Mike Edmonson’s Resignation
Another person is calling for State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to resign.
Lloyd Grafton has recently resigned from the State Police Commission, and in his resignation letter to Governor John Bel Edwards, Grafton says Edmonson does whatever he chooses to do.
He says when the commission approved a pay raise for LSP, they believed it would go to the troopers on the ground. But he says instead some of the highest ranking officials received $40,000 pay increases.
“The state’s supposed to be in a financial crisis or crunch, but that doesn’t seem to apply to the State Police management people,” Grafton said.
In the letter, Grafton says Edmonson has no credibility when it comes to the truth and lavish spending. He says that is evidenced by the recent travel scandal where four troopers made stops in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon on their way to a training conference.
“We’re in this quagmire of money spent on a trip out to California, and now they’re going to do an internal investigation. Well that’s no investigation at all,” Grafton said.
Grafton says LSP would be better off under new leadership, and US Senator John Kennedy has also called for Edmonson’s resignation. But Edmonson says Grafton is not affiliated with the Louisiana State Police Commission.
“The State Police Commission is not under me. It doesn’t answer to me, and I don’t answer to them. I’m not involved in that portion. I have not been. That’s an outside entity of the State Police,” Edmonson said.
An investigation into the travel incident is being conducted out of the Governor’s Office, and LSP is conducting their own internal investigation. Edmonson says they are going to get to the bottom of what happened, and then it’s time to move on.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, a lot of things to do, a lot happening in Louisiana. I don’t want the public to think this is a distraction for us. We’ll find out the facts, and we’re moving forward,” Edmonson said.