The Harahan City Council appointed city Detective Joseph Lorenzo as its interim police chief on Thursday (Oct. 17). Lorenzo will serve as chief until April 6, when an election will determine the next interim police chief. He said he does not plan to run at that time, but opted to fill the position to ensure a smooth transition.
Lorenzo was sworn in immediately and sat down to work in the seat formerly held by Harahan Capt. Manuel Adams, who has filled the role of interim chief since Mac Dickinson resigned on Oct.
On Apr. 6, Harahan voters will elect a chief to complete Dickinson's term through 2014. The next election for a full, four-year term is Nov. 16, 2014.
Lorenzo became a Harahan detective after serving in the New Orleans Police Department for more than 30 years before retiring. "My wife told me I couldn't just retire," said Lorenzo, in a brief acceptance speech. "I had to go out and work."
And now he has even more work to do. "We appreciate everything you're about to do for us," said Council member Cindy Murray. "Whether you know it or not."
Murray said other contenders for the interim role had dropped out of the running. Council members voted unanimously to appoint Lorenzo.
"My door will always be open to any citizens," Lorenzo said. "We're a very, very good police department. We're small. But we have some very, very dedicated men and women who work there."