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City of New Orleans Selects International Association of Chiefs of Police to Lead, Conduct National Search of Next NOPD Superintendent

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has been selected to lead and conduct the 17-week nationwide search for the next Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

“After much engagement with the NOPD, New Orleans City Council, business and community leaders and other esteemed stakeholders, I am proud to take this next step alongside Council President J.P. Morrell in identifying the IACP to lead the executive search for our next NOPD Superintendent,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “As the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders, IACP will absolutely lend a helping hand towards making an informed decision that is best for the residents and visitors of this great city. I welcome this partnership and look forward to even more community involvement as we move forward in identifying the next leader of the NOPD.”

“On behalf of the New Orleans City Council, we would like to thank the Administration and the other stakeholders for working together to complete this important step in finding our next police Superintendent,” said Council President JP Morrell. “In this time of crisis, we are all committed to a transparent search of all potential candidates, national and local, to lead the New Orleans Police Department. We look forward to participating in this process with the Mayor and all community stakeholders as it moves forward.”

The IACP will provide the City with a comprehensive executive search process, including the following core elements:

  • Job and Candidate Profile
  • Marketing and Recruitment
  • Screening and Evaluation
  • Assessment Center
  • Post Hire Support

In partnership with the City of New Orleans, the IACP will engage in various mechanisms to collect information and feedback on the needs and expectations of the next Chief of Police and develop a comprehensive understanding of the City of New Orleans. This includes stakeholder interviews, community meetings, job analysis, an evaluation of the policing environment and community, stakeholder, and department surveys. The IACP will then synthesize the findings into a report highlighting the expectations and professional profile of the ideal candidate.

Upon completion of surveys, community engagement, stakeholder interviews, and focus groups IACP will also review the draft candidate profile with Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Gilbert Montaño and produce the final Candidate Profile, which will be utilized throughout the entire search process, starting from the recruitment brochure and through each stage of applicant evaluations. Following the CAO’s approval, the IACP will finalize the Final Candidate Profile Report.

Once a pool of qualified candidates has been identified, further information about each candidate’s employment history, news stories and social media accounts will be compiled. At this stage, the search team will have enough information to form an accurate understanding of each candidate’s background and qualifications. Based on these findings, the IACP will recommend a group of five to 10 of the most capable and compatible candidates. Profiles on each semi-finalist will be provided to the City, which will summarize each candidate’s experience and background.

The IACP will run a full background report on up to three of the final candidates and evaluate the information to determine eligibility to move forward. The IACP will prepare a Finalist Evaluation Report for the agency, including a summary of each candidate’s performance data. This will include an overall summary score, ratings and behavioral information concerning each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in performance-related dimensions. Once the finalists are selected and notified, the IACP will be available to assist with any negotiations between both the City and finalists, as necessary.

The NOPD Police Chief position will be posted and highlighted on the official career center website of the IACP. The position will be promoted through IACP’s member-only daily law enforcement news briefing, The Lead, and IACP Monthly, the Association’s monthly e-newsletter, with a combined number of over 85,000 recipients. This announcement will also be shared through the IACP’s social media outlets, including over 60,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter combined.

The anticipated start date for the search for the next NOPD Chief, based on the proposed timeline, is February 2023 and would require 15-17 weeks to complete.