Who will be the new police chief?: Since Big Chief Warren Riley has promised to quit his post when Mayor Nagin leaves office 5.3.10, Mitch Landrieu's biggest job will be picking a new police chief who can get the job done.
Dabdoub was banished unceremoniously from the 8th District to the 4th District (Algiers), an obvious demotion. Not long after he resigned from the NOPD and went to work for the Federal Protective Service, charged with protecting federal buildings and personnel, as part of Homeland Security. He's now manager of corporate security for Entergy.
If Dabdoub could be induced to come back to the NOPD as chief, he could be just the one to give the department the ass-kicking it needs.
Don't count out Assistant Chief Marlon Defillo, currently the No. 2 man in the department. As a 27-year veteran of the NOPD, Defillo's not a bad choice. I worked with him on Nagin's public safety transition team in 2002; he's intelligent and articulate, listens to others and is persuasive in stating his position.
(For more insight into the picking of a police chief, see WWL's Sunday Edition.)