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.