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Nashville Police Chief Interviewing For New Orleans Job

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By Eric White

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - NewsChannel 5 has learned Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas headed to New Orleans Monday afternoon to interview for the police superintendent job. 

When Serpas arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport he spoke to a local television reporter.  

"We still have a couple days left to see what's going to happen, but it's good to be here. My daughter lives here. My father lives here," said Serpas. 

In a written statement Serpas elaborated on his decision to apply for the open position.  

"I am going to New Orleans as only a candidate, to listen and to answer questions. I will return later this week, and this community can be assured of my complete and unwavering focus on my duties as Chief of the Nashville Police Department," said Serpas.
Click to read Serpas' full statement 

Serpas worked for the New Orleans Police Department for several years in various positions. He left for the Pacific Northwest to work as chief of the Washington State Patrol - a position he held for 2 ½ years before coming to Nashville as the police chief in January 2004. 

"Chief Serpas made me aware of his intention to interview for the position in New Orleans last week. It's a personal decision that he's made. He is doing a great job in Nashville. Obviously, my preference is to keep him here. It's my understanding that he's one of several candidates being interviewed for the job, and we'll just have to wait to know more," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. 

Fraternal Order of Police President Sergeant Robert Weaver said regardless of what happens in New Orleans, Serpas has left an impression in Nashville. 

"He has certainly brought us into being a very data driven department with a lot of focus on the communities," said Weaver. 

Serpas was an assistant professor of criminal justice at Loyola University New Orleans for 18 years. He received his doctorate degree from the University of New Orleans. 

New Orleans' new Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has said he wanted to appoint a new police superintendent before his May 3 inauguration. Current Superintendent Warren Riley is retiring.

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