The City of Lafayette has made official hire of its new Police Chief as of Thursday, November 8. Stacey Gann, currently Chief Deputy at the Macon County Sheriff Department and formerly a detective with the Lafayette City Police, was voted in during the City Council’s monthly meeting. His first day on the job will be November 19.
Gann has been a Deputy since 2007, and in law enforcement for almost 18 years. He started as a 3rd shift patrolman with the Lafayette Police Department in 1995, and has moved through the ranks since then.
Gann said his first order of business is housekeeping: “Right now, it’s just getting the department back in order,” he said. “It’s been under a lot of stress the last year and a half. We’ll be getting back to serve and protecting our citizens.
“Over time, I’d like it to be a more community-oriented department. [This means] being involved more in local events— that’s the only time we can interact with the public that is positive.”
Gann’s team at the Lafayette Police Department consists of 15 men, many of whom he knows from his previous work there. “I’ve worked with some of them, hired some of them here—there’s a lot of good guys there. Ever since I left, I’ve been interested in [the Chief position], but this was just the first opportunity I had to put in for it. It’s kind of home for me; it’s where I started. Glad to be going back.”
Gann lives in Lafayette with his wife, Heather, and three sons: Tyler, 13, Tanner, 10, and Trey, 4.