Barney Tyrney is new Madisonville police chief

Barney Tyrney, a 26-year veteran of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, has been named the police chief in Madisonville.

The Town Council Wednesday night (Feb. 14) unanimously approved Tyrney’s appointment and he was immediately sworn into office.

Tyrney, 55, was selected from among 11 applicants for the job. A committee made up of Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat, Town Council members Tim Bounds and Kevin Doran, Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker and Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz evaluated the applicants before recommending Tyrney to the council.

The Madisonville police chief post was held since 2007 by Dave Smith, who stepped down in November. Sgt. Ryan Mahne has held the job on an interim basis for the past few months.

Tyrney is the son of former Madisonville Town Marshal and Police Chief Leon “Spike” Tyrney. The new police chief worked a short time with the Madisonville department years ago before joining the Sheriff’s Office, Pelloat said.

In his 26 years with the Sheriff’s Office, Tyrney served in various roles and eventually rose to the rank of captain, the mayor said. The new chief is a lifelong Madisonville resident.

“He’s got a wealth of knowledge and experience and he comes back to the police department ready to serve the citizens,” Pelloat said Thursday. “It’s very exciting for Barney and very exciting for the town.”

The Madisonville Police Department has eight officers, including the chief, and one part-time clerk. The police chief is paid $56,000 a year.

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