Cantrell will not add controversial former NOPD chief into administration

Cantrell will not add controversial former NOPD chief into administration

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Mayor of New Orleans has announced that she will not hire a controversial former New Orleans Police Chief for the role of the city's Director of Homeland Security.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she would not be adding Warren Riley to her new administration:

Cantrell issued the following statement regarding her decision: 
"While I believe that Warren Riley is uniquely qualified for a role as our City's Director of Homeland Security & Public Safety --- with a resume that includes serving as the Federal Coordinating Officer overseeing seven federally declared disasters in just over four years--- I have listened to the people of New Orleans on both sides, and I have decided not to move forward with his employment," Cantrell said in an issued statement.

Riley was the acting police chief after Hurricane Katrina, and dealt predominately with the Danziger Bridge case where several unarmed evacuees were gunned down by police. Two people died, and the officers covered up the shooting.

Wednesday afternoon, Riley released a statement talking about his disappointment in Mayor Cantrell's decision.

The statement reads in part: 

Regrettably, I learned this morning in a telephone conversation with Mayor La Toya Cantrell that she has rescinded her official appointment of me (letter attached), as City of New Orleans Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety. After six-weeks of rigorous interviews and vetting, it was determined that I was the most qualified candidate for the position. I am deeply disappointed and the Mayor's reversal comes as a complete surprise.

He would go on to say that he was ready to step into his new role before learning of the Mayor's decision.

Prior to the scheduled May 1, 2018 Cantrell Administration Cabinet Appointments News Conference Announcement, I was preparing to return to City Government, having undergone employment administration processes, including security and background checks and a drug test.?

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