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Mayor Cantrell writes a letter to the council asking for input on finding the NOPD superintendent

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will hear city council members’ “ideas and suggestions” about finding a replacement for Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, according to a letter from Fox 8.

In the letter, sent to the council by Cantrell on Friday (December 9), the mayor said Ferguson’s departure “provides an opportunity to have a dialogue (sic) about the next superintendent.”

Ferguson announced his retirement on Tuesday and Cantrell appeared ready to appoint recently promoted Deputy Superintendent Jonette Williams, sources told Fox 8, drawing criticism from community leaders and council members alike.


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In November, New Orleans voters approved an amendment to the city charter to give the council the power to confirm or reject all nominees for mayor. The change will not go into effect until January 1, 2023, nine days after Ferguson’s last walk.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will invite city council members to comment on the replacement of outgoing Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, according to a letter to the council on Friday, December 9 (WVUE).

Cantrell invited council members to meet with her ahead of Ferguson’s final day on Dec. 22 to discuss “ideas and suggestions.”

Council members can submit ideas and suggestions within the next week, prior to Fri, December 16th.

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