COVINGTON, La. - The city of Covington has chosen a former chief deputy from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office to be its next chief of police.

Mayor Mike Cooper selected Timothy A. Lentz for the position.

'Chief Lentz has the education, experience, leadership abilities, and other qualities which make him best suited for this important position for our city. With his high level of enthusiasm and professionalism, I am confident in his ability to leverage relationships with other law enforcement agencies and rally the community behind the department,' Mayor Mike Cooper.

Lentz has 30 years of experience at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Chief Lentz has extensive training in all aspects of local, regional, state, and Federal law enforcement practices and protocol. He earned a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University in New Orleans. He and his family are longtime residents of the Covington area.

Chief Lentz will assume the position next week after completing City pre-employment requirements, Civil Service acknowledgements, and confirmation of the appointment by the Covington City Council.

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