Chief Tim McConnell appointed 11th superintendent of the NOFD

New Orleans, La. - Mayor Mitch Landrieu names Tim McConnell as the next superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department.

Landrieu says the former assistant superintendent comes highly recommended.

"I can say without fear of equivocation that he is well respected by everybody in the department. He knows the department inside and out, and I can tell you though having interviewed numerous candidates form across the country that he stood head and shoulders above all of those superb candidates in that field," said Mayor Landrieu.

"I realize it's not my past accomplishments, but only now that I must work hard every day to prove my worth to the citizens of the city and my firefighters," said McConnell.

Outgoing fire chief Charles Parent announced his retirement in May. He's been superintendent for 10 years.

Parent has been on medical leave, but decided to stay with the NOFD until the city found a replacement.