Eugene Ellis was officially named Chief of the Monroe Police Department today.
In a press conference today, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo announced his selection of Ellis, who will become the third African-American to wear the chief’s badge.
In 2003, Evelyn Robinson became the first African-American and the only woman to have worn the chief of police badge. She was appointed as interim chief, by Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, but turned down the opportunity to take the job permanently citing family obligations.
She was followed by Dr. Quentin Holmes who preceded Ellis.
Ellis is a 31-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department. He started at the MPD in 1986 as a patrolman and has worked in various roles at the department, including with the Criminal Interventional Bureau, Intelligence Division and Internal Affairs.
He has served as the commander of the administrative bureau since January 2015 and previously worked as a special investigator with Metro Narcotics Unit of Ouachita.