Aug 1, 2023 - News

New Orleans police chief candidates narrowed to 3 finalists

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New Orleans officials released the names of the three finalists in the hunt for the city's next police chief.

Why it matters: The NOPD superintendent is responsible for policing a city that reclaimed the unfortunate title of the murder capital of the U.S. late last year.

  • The force is also struggling to fill the ranks needed to protect the city and staff the many special events it hosts, including dozens of Mardi Gras parades.
  • Michelle Woodfork has been filling in on an interim basis since Shaun Ferguson retired in December.

Driving the news: These are the finalists along with their initial profiles from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which the city has hired to lead the national search.

What they did: Six candidates participated in a two-day assessment in New Orleans with IACP and local stakeholders, and two later dropped out, city officials said.

  • IACP turned over the test scores Monday, according to a statement from the city, but did not include scores from the candidates no longer seeking the position. The mayor's office said they have requested the scores.
  • City officials then announced the finalists around 7pm Monday.

What's next: The three finalists will go through in-person interviews with Cantrell "in the coming weeks" while IACP "completes a full background investigation," the statement said.

  • Once a finalist is selected, they will go before the City Council for the confirmation process.
  • Cantrell's office anticipates "concluding the search in the coming months."
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