On the same day as Josh Guillory becomes the new Lafayette Mayor-President, Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard announces he is resigning.

Nearly a month ago, Aguillard told KPEL that Guillory asked for his resignation during a meeting. Lt. Scott Morgan is being sworn in this afternoon as interim chief.

Aguillard was named police chief by former Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux in November 2016.

He released the following statement to the media:

After careful thought and prayerful reflection, I have decided to resign as Chief of Police of Lafayette, effective January 6, 2020. I will forever be grateful for having had the opportunity to lead one of the finest police departments in our country.

Lafayette’s history has proven that a legal battle between the chief of police and a newly elected mayor causes disruption and stress among the officers, the parties involved, and the citizens. I have no desire to be a part of such turmoil. I hope that my resigning will allow the department and the community to move forward.

Know that I have developed a deep admiration for the men and women of the Lafayette Police Department and I will continue to pray for their safety and success.

I sincerely thank the citizens of Lafayette for their support and I look forward to staying here in Acadiana with my family for years to come.