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Hearing with David Wade on Letter of Dismissal for Colonel Ragusa

Brooks Read Collection



Genre: News

Place Covered: Louisiana General

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: 1969-09-04


Subjects: Wade, David, 1911-1990 | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety and Corrections


  • Read, Brooks Photographer
  • Wade, David Speaker


Hearing with General David Wade, director of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, on his letter of dismissal for Colonel Ragusa. Wade states that learning that Ragusa was operating a truck illegally and hearing an admission from Colonel Ragusa that his daughter had been on the payroll of the company, Williams Brothers Associates, Panama, caused him to decide that Colonel Ragusa disqualified himself to be Assistant Superintendent of Police. He states that these actions were detrimental to the force because they were publicized, and the Assistant Superintendent of Police should be above any kind of suspicion. Wade adds that at this time the current superintendent of police had resigned under similar circumstances. He continues that nothing has transpired since the letter of dismissal to make him change his mind. Wade gives further reasons for the dismissal, including: reviewing the impartial investigation; seeing vouchers from pipeline companies that indicated that Colonel Ragusa had been paid; looking at testimony from Mr. Simoneaux that he had worked on equipment that was owned by the A1 Equipment Rental companies that Colonel Ragusa was part owner of while being paid by the state; and finding out that Ragusa had drawn a salary at this time without permission from the Superintendent of Police. Silent footage of the hearing follows.