Serpas Takes New Orleans Job

Nashville’s Police Chief will be leaving for a new job in a matter of days.

On Thursday,Chief Ronal Serpas announced he’s taking the helm of the New Orleans Police Department.

Serpas hinted that the job offer came several days ago, but says he waited for flood response to shift into recovery mode before talking to the mayor about leaving. He says the time to go will be soon.

“It’ll be sometime in the next several days, we haven’t nailed that down yet. We want to make sure that Nashville is in the best possible situation, that the storm issues have been settled to the satisfaction of all of us.”

Serpas says the city is already retaining some degree of normalcy, with most Metro offices open and schools likely to go back in session very soon.

Deputy Chief Steve Anderson will take over interim duties until a new police chief is selected. Anderson is a 36-year veteran of the Metro Police Department and holds a law degree. He’s asked not to be considered for the position on a permanent basis.

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