HARVEY, La. - Three veteran, high-ranking deputies within the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office have resigned.
The departures include Commander Ronald Platt of the Second District, Commander Bill Thompson of the Third District, and Lt. Ricky Folse.
Sheriff Newell Normand made the announcements official in a 4 p.m. press conference.
He went to great lengths to say the three men were all 'good people' and that his differences with them were philosophical in nature and disputed that it had anythingto do withan alleged tasing incident that involved JeffersonParishdeputies and some Algiers men.
Platt and Folse were on duty the night of the JPSOscuffle in Algiers. Normand said both supervisors failed to report to the scene. In explaining their resignations, the sheriff said he asked the men to resign due to management and philosophical differences.
'These are good men who have given a lot of their lives to Jefferson Parish,' said Normand. 'We have philosophical differences... that is it.'
Platt served 43 years with the JPSO. He began his career as a radio dispatcher and rose to the rank of commander, supervising about 80 deputies in the busy Second District. Thompson joined the JPSOin 1973. As a district commander, he oversaw 72 deputies.