Banks named assistant chief for Morgan City Police Department
MORGAN CITY, La. — After nearly 30 years with the Morgan City Police Department serving in a wide range of capacities, Mike Banks was promoted to assistant chief Friday.
Banks said “it hasn’t always been easy” over his career to be a police officer. When he first decided to become a police officer, Banks’ grandfather told him, “You are going to be the first man that everyone wants to see, and the last man anyone wants to meet,” Banks said.
Police Chief Travis Crouch said two captains took the test to become assistant chief, and passed it. Banks was officially named assistant chief Friday morning in a promotion ceremony at the City Court Building.
Because Banks had more years with the department than the other candidate, he was automatically appointed assistant chief, Crouch said.
The position of assistant chief had been open since former assistant chief Glenn Blanco retired in April.
Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi was the appointing authority for assistant chief, but took Crouch’s recommendation of Banks, Grizzaffi said.
Banks knows the department “inside and out,” Crouch said. “The good thing about him, he’s worked in every aspect of this department from animal warden to the jail to detectives,” Crouch said.
Banks wants to assist in any way he can to help the community and department move forward, he said.
Every person in the police department is the “most valuable asset” to the department and the community, Banks said.
“Being promoted to assistant chief is something that I’ve worked for all my career, but to me it’s just another job,” Banks said. His new role as assistant chief is an opportunity to serve the community he lives in in a different capacity, Banks said. “I would prefer this be done without all the fanfare because I’m from the old school,” Banks said.
“Since Chief Crouch has taken over, we see a lot more training instituted ... and it’s only going to make us a better department,” Banks said.
Banks has tried to treat everyone he has dealt with “fair and reasonably,” he said. “That’s all I can ask of anyone who works beneath me or alongside of me,” Banks said.
Other officers promoted included Gary Keller to sergeant, Chad Adams to lieutenant, and Mark Griffin Jr. to captain.