Sep 22, 2023 - News

Anne Kirkpatrick starts as interim NOPD chief ahead of confirmation hearing

Kirkpatrick was the police chief in Oakland, California. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Friday is Michelle Woodfork's last day as interim superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department.

Driving the news: Kirkpatrick, most recently the police chief in Oakland, California, will be the interim chief while going through the confirmation process with the City Council, Cantrell says.

  • Woodfork was a finalist for the nomination and will stay with the force as a member of the leadership team, Kirkpatrick said at a press conference earlier this month.

The latest: Cantrell flew back from France early to swear in Kirkpatrick on Friday at City Hall.

  • Cantrell originally was scheduled to return Sunday.
Photo shows New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell swearing in Anne Kirkpatrick
Mayor Cantrell swears in Anne Kirkpatrick as interim NOPD superintendent on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of City of New Orleans
  • Kirkpatrick is wearing an NOPD uniform in the photo released by the city.

State of play: Kirkpatrick's confirmation hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11 in City Council chambers with the Governmental Affairs Committee.

  • Kirkpatrick will present her plans for recruitment, deployment, crime-fighting strategies, consent decree compliance and more, according to the schedule.
  • Council members will ask questions, and public comments will be allowed after 1pm.

What's next: Committee members will then vote on whether to recommend her for a full council vote. If she's recommended, the full council will vote on Oct. 19.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Kirkpatrick has been sworn in as interim NOPD superintendent.


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