BASTROP, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Bastrop Police Chief Anthony Evans retires after just 11 days of being named the new Chief of Police for Bastrop. We spoke with Mayor Betty Olive about this situation and the city’s plans moving forward. 

Mayor Betty Olive says, “We must go on. We must go on. We have 10,000 plus citizens we have to protect…”

Ethan Ellis, a resident of Bastrop says, ”Bastrop be crazy like that some time. Honestly there’s a lot of stuff and pressure that comes with when you do something like that. You got a lot of stuff that comes with it.”

“[I’m] Going to do what I always do, and that’s try to make the community feel safe. We’re going to work really hard at the department to try to bond together and just move forward,” says Bastrop’s Assistant Chief of Police Keeshonya Lynch.

“We’ll we have four candidates who have pasted the civil service exam” says Mayor Olive.

Mayor Olive says she wants the citizens to feel safe and engaged with the Police Department and report what they see.

BASTROP, La. (KTVE/KARD)(July 19, 2021 5:59 p.m.) — The Chief of Police in Bastrop, Louisiana, Anthony Evans, has retired after just 11 days on the job.

According to city officials, it was a decision Evans made for himself and his family. The Deputy Chief will assume the position of interim chief until a new chief can be found.

The city says they will honor Evans’ decision and there is no friction between the city and Evans.

The city says Evans abrupt departure has nothing to do with his performance on the job.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they become available.