Theriot, told The Creole he turned in a “letter of resignation” after attempting to obtain liability insurance for his department since November 19, 2013, when Risk Management terminated coverage citing an excessive number of claims against Sorrento PD. Since that time three potential providers have submitted proposals to the Town Council, none of which proved acceptable. Theriot later contacted the Creole stating that this would be his final retirement from law enforcement.
All the while Theriot’s relationship with the Council, and more particularly Mayor Mike Lambert, steadily deteriorated. That relationship was never pleasant since Lambert ran for office on a platform which included dissolving the police department. More often than not, when the police department appeared on meeting agendas, an argument was likely to ensue.
“It was a very hard decision,” Earl Theriot said, nearly overcome with emotion. “But it’s time.”
He would not provide any particulars, saying only that his attorney advised against it. Theriot was made defendant in a recently filed lawsuit which alleges that he committed sexual battery on a woman in his custody.
The Lawrason Act provides that a police chief be appointed by the Mayor and Council.
“We’ve got 20 days to appoint an interim Chief of Police from the time we receive notification from the Secretary of State that Mr. Theriot has officially retired,” Mayor Mike Lambert said. “If we can’t do so then the governor can appoint someone.”
Lambert would not comment further except to say that he has seen Theriot’s letter of resignation.