New La. police chief plans to 'raise morale'


By Christine Harvey
The Times-Picayune

LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, La. — As the newly appointed chief of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police, Nick Congemi Sr. said one of his first priorities will be to raise morale among the employees, who saw three officers and the former chief lose their jobs this month after an incident on the bridge involving Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price.

The former Kenner police chief said he will urge the rank and file who patrol the 24-mile bridge "to not worry about politics" and just do their job, noting that he plans to review the department's policies and procedures to make sure they are clear and that everyone understands them.

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