Police chief a finalist for New Orleans job

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:45pm

The Times-Picayune in New Orleans is reporting that Metro Police Department Chief Ronal Serpas is one of the three finalists for that city’s top-cop job.

The paper reported Wednesday afternoon that “[t]he three finalists received nods Wednesday from a search committed appointed by Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu, who takes office Monday. The group eliminated three other candidates following a round of face-to-face interviews in a downtown New Orleans hotel Tuesday.”

Serpas is listed with Ronald Davis, police chief of East Palo Alto, Calif.; and John Harrington, police chief in St. Paul, Minn., according to the New Orleans paper.

The three apparently beat out former New Orleans police Capt. Louis Dabdoub, Norfolk, Va.; police Chief Bruce Marquis; and John Batiste, chief of the Washington State Patrol. 

9 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/28/10 at 8:42

We are rooting for you ronnie.

By: dangerlover on 4/28/10 at 9:09

Indeed, idgaf. I really hope this loser gets that job.

By: dooley on 4/29/10 at 3:10

I hope he gets it too. Maybe than the police force can get back to fighting crime instead manning so many speed traps but I pity New Orleans . he will make a fortune in traffic tickets during Mardi Gras. Probably even ticketing the floats.

By: eastnashville37207 on 4/29/10 at 6:12

With the majority of the place on government assistance the crime will not go down. He will be the master at ticketing people for the revenue. He is the revenue Chief and that's it. Crime? Forget it.

By: wasaw on 4/29/10 at 9:22

Here's the good thing if RS leaves; morale in the NMPD will skyrocket. New Orleans desires RS. He was raised there, he is part of their problem. He was a senior officer for twenty years there. Do you think their condition started over night?
Everyone get on your knees and prays that the fix "is on" in NO.

Happy days are here again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: DDG on 4/29/10 at 3:47

Good. I never see his guys pull anyone truly dangerous over. Too busy waiting on a call somewhere. How about actually getting in your patrol cars and driving around?

By: richgoose on 4/29/10 at 11:27

If Serpas does not get the job in New Orleans I will take to my bed.

By: MamaG on 4/30/10 at 9:25

Actually, wasaw, not all of NOLA wants him there...you should read the comments on this story's thread in the Times-Picayune. I don't think the people want him there any more than we want him here.

By: GUARDIAN on 4/30/10 at 11:13

With Serpas gone maybe Nashville will do something about CRIME with the most important thing being ridding the city of all the gangs in town. Serpas is a politically correct politician and not a common sense law enforcement officer. Take him New Orleans I wrote you off years ago as a place that wasn't worth going to. Nashville under him was on it's way to being that same kind of place.