Ronal Serpas stepping down from NOPD

  // Monday, 18 August 2014 10:36 //

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is stepping down, according to a source at City Hall.

The City of New Orleans has called a press conference to discuss a major shakeup in the New Orleans Police Department.

Sources say Serpas is retiring and will be replaced by Michael Harrison.

"Lt. Harrison is up to the challenge before him and I am confident he will continue to grow our ranks and greatly improve public safety in New Orleans," said Council President Stacy Head.

Serpas has been police chief since 2010. Although the murder rate is down, his resignation comes amid a rise in crime. This comes just days after council member Jason Williams told FOX 8 that leadership, not pay, was the problem with NOPD.

The press conference will be held at 11 a.m. to discuss "forthcoming changes in public safety leadership."

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