John Harrington will not be the New Orleans chief of police

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John Harrington: Not NOLA bound
The retiring St. Paul police chief was one of three finalists for the New Orleans job, but someone else got picked.

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu chose Ronal Serpras of Nashville instead.

Maybe it was the southern accent?

Or maybe it was because he knows the town -- Serpras used to be the second in command of New Orleans cops.

It sounds like times are tough in the New Orleans PD right now, according to the Times-Picayune.

Serpas's appointment comes at a particularly difficult time for the NOPD, which is the subject of multiple civil rights investigations and suffers from low morale amid rank-and-file officers.

He will also have to deal with what could be long term federal oversight of the force.

Landrieu on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Justice to evaluate the agency, a move many criminal justice observers believe could lead to a consent decree and a court-appointed monitor to ensure changes are made within the department.


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