New Orleans has whittled the large pool of applicants seeking to become the city’s next police chief down to six finalists, a group that includes two former high-ranking New Orleans police officers and four top cops from agencies across the country, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The finalists will be interviewed in the next two days in New Orleans by members of Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu’s search committee.
The candidates with ties to the department are former New Orleans assistant superintendent Ronal Serpas, now chief in Nashville, and former Capt. Louis Dabdoub. The four others are John Harrington, chief of police in St. Paul, Mn.; Bruce Marquis, chief of police in Norfolk, Va.; John Batiste, chief of the Washington State Patrol; and Ronald Davis, police chief of East Palo Alto, Ca.. Landrieu, who has called the selection of the city’s next police chief his most important decision, has repeatedly expressed his desire to have a new leader in place for his inauguration on Monday.