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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's job is currently being evaluated by Mayor-President Kip Holden.

Holden confirmed to 9News that the chief is one of the many department heads whose job could be in jeopardy depending on the outcome of the reviews.

Sources tell 9News there have been discussions of bringing in an interim chief to replace White in the near future.

"We will send him through it and every other department head," Holden said. "If we see some things that are not going right or to our satisfaction or need to be changed, that's what we're going to do."

The Mayor met with Chief White Monday and after that meeting the chief announced several changes in the way the department deploys officers. 

White is instituting a new policy aimed at dramatically increasing the number of officers actually patrolling the streets of Baton Rouge.

Chief White's tenure has not been without controversy. 

Chief White has a history of clashing with the police union and took a lot of heat from members of that group for comments he made in several interviews.

White said some of his officers have racial issues and troubles with the black people of the communities they are sworn to serve.

Recently, Chief White came under fire after the 9News I-Team revealed several inaccuracies on the part of White concerning the manpower and overtime used to help protect Minister Louis Farrakhan during a recent.

Mayor Holden acknowledged that there were problems with the chief's account, but said the chief was misinformed and did not have all of the information in front of him when he first answered questions.

Wednesday Mayor Holden was asked if Chief White has his unqualified support as chief.

 "I'm not doing anything but evaluating. Once that evaluation is completed then I'll make a decision. It just like I don't announce the score of my test before I take the test and that's what I'll be doing," Holden said.

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