Will Serpas leave Nashville for New Orleans?

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 3:51am
Staff reports

Metro Nashville’s politically aware police chief is one of two finalists for the job of New Orleans police chief, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

The paper referenced a statement from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu that stated he would make an announcement for the position “very soon,” possibly as early at Thursday.

Ronal Serpas and Ronald Davis of East Palo Alto, Calif., are police chiefs in their respective cities. They each have areas of expertise that would be beneficial to the city of New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune reported that some insiders say Serpas, the former No. 2 man at the New Orleans department, has a leg up on Davis, who is in charge of a much smaller department but has extensive experience working with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Serpas has led the Nashville department since 2004. He left the NOPD in 2001 and spent time leading the Washington State Patrol before landing in Nashville, where he has overseen crime drops each of the last six years.

5 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 5/6/10 at 2:25

Things are not going well in Nashville this year. Vanderbilt football has been exposed for what it is. The Vanderbilt basketball team cannot beat Murray State. The biggest flood in Nashville history just completed it's carnage. I would suspect that the next disaster to hit this city would be that an announcement is made at the end of this week that SERPAS is going to stay in Nashville.

It is that kind of year.

By: bfra on 5/6/10 at 3:02

Let's just hope he has fooled NO into believing he is worth taking!

By: bfra on 5/6/10 at 3:11

Hey New Orleans - Don't you want King Karl, too? He would fit right in with the clowns on Mardigras.

By: skeptic1 on 5/6/10 at 9:37

If he did not have it before, Serpas can now add natural disaster/flood experience to his resume. That would seem a necessity for New Orleans. Besides the floods and hurricanes, the New Orleans area is rife with slick and scandoulous political intrigue. A good cop could stay very busy.

By: idgaf on 5/6/10 at 12:42

Well they took him. They now have a first class "earner".