ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Daryl Terry, a former Alexandria Police Department captain and chief of the Criminal Investigative Bureau, was named Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Alexandria.
Daryl Terry photo
Mayor Jeff Hall made the announcement Friday. He will replace Neal Bates, who retired earlier this year.
Commissioner Terry tells News Channel 5 that he was approached about the position this week, and after consulting with his family, he decided to take the job.
"Right now, Mayor Hall is a new mayor and the background as far as the experience with the police department," he told us. "As we talked, he said basically on police and fire, I don't have a lot of experience in that field and he was counting on that experience from me to guide the police and fire department."
"I thought it was very wise to bring somebody like Daryl Terry in with that kind of background that can share, not only with the budget, but the overall day to day operations and long range plans that we are going to be coming up with," said Mayor Hall.
Terry retired from APD after 33 years and ran for the City Marshal seat vacated by Terence Grines. Jerome Hopewell won that election.
In addition to retiring at the rank of Captain and Chief of the Criminal Investigative Bureau, Terry’s law enforcement career included a 13-year period where he was the Commander of the SWAT Team (2004-2017).
Overall, Terry earned 132 Certification Training Completions and received 27 letters of Commendation. Currently, he is POST certified, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a member of the NRA.
Since 1985, Terry has owned and operated two businesses- a residential and commercial alarm company and a self-storage facility- while working his way through the ranks of law enforcement. He is a member of the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You can check out an extended interview with Terry on this page.