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FBI Agent Nominated to Serve As Police Chief of Mandeville, La.

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent who plans to soon retire has been chosen to serve as police chief in Mandeville, Louisiana. 

Todd Schliem, 57, beat out seven other applicants to replace Gerald Sticker, who retired last month, reports

Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden picked Schliem, whose nomination must now be confirmed by the city council. 

“The finalists for the job were all capable professionals, however, I feel strongly that Schliem is what the department needs right now,” Madden said in a written statement.

The police department has 54 employees. 

If approved, Schliem won’t be the first FBI agent to serve as police chief of Mandeville. Agent Rick Richard was police chief from 2010-16. 

Schliem, a native of Wisconsin, worked in the New Orleans Field Office beginning in 2006. A year later, he and his wife moved to the Mandeville area. 

In 2016, Schliem received the FBI Director’s Award. 

New Orleans FBI Agent Tapped for Police Chief of Small Community

Mandeville_LABy Allan Lengel

A veteran FBI agent in New Orleans has been tapped as the new police chief for the city of Mandeville, a suburb of New Orleans, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting.

Percy “Rick” Richard III, who has served a special agent in New Orleans since 1991, supervises 15 agents and five surveillance specialists, the Times-Picayune reported.

He had served on a task force in Afghanistan and is a former state trooper, the paper said. He is a resident of Mandeville, a city of about 12,000 people.

Interim Mayor Edward “Bubby” Lyons announced Richard’s selection at a 2 p.m. news conference at City Hall.

The Mandeville Police Department has been without a chief since former Chief Tom Buell stepped down a year ago. Since then, Capt. Ron Ruple has served as the ranking officer in the agency. Ruple initially applied for the chief’s position but said he withdrew his name last week after the city’s Civil Service Board declined to offer strong enough protections for a chief that was dismissed.