NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
Four years and three months after Ronal Serpas was sworn in as police superintendent, he announced his retirement Monday.
In May 2010, hopes were high that he would be the city's answer to a crime problem that had spiraled out of control.
One day before Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Serpas' appointment, Landrieu had asked for the Justice Department's help in reorganizing the NOPSD. Serpas was on board and had his own ideas for change.
One month into his tenure, he opened all citywide COMSTAT meetings to the public and the media and invited state and federal auditors to evaluate NOPD procedures.
"You've had some accomplishments," said Criminologist Peter Scharf. "To go from 200 murders in 2012 to 155 last year - so it's a huge drop."
Scharf said Serpas did a lot of things right.
"He created a policing strategy that, on the face, had some plausibility," he said.