NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -New Orleans Police Department Commander Doug Eckert died Monday, the day after he retired from the police force.
Eckert, 56, had been fighting cancer for at least a year Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said.
“He served our city with integrity, compassion and dignity until the very end while waging a courageous battle against cancer,” read a statement on the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Facebook page. “He was one of the great forces for good in our city and will be missed.”
The news of Eckert’s passing comes a day after NOPD announced Eckert’s retirement, effective Sunday. He had been on the force 22 years.
“I cannot say enough about the outstanding career Commander Doug Eckert has had in the NOPD,” said NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson in the retirement notice sent out Monday afternoon. “He has been a trusted friend, mentor, peer and exceptional professional throughout his law enforcement career. He has served the City of New Orleans and its residents with honor, dignity and respect. Even in his final days with the department, Doug’s passion and dedication for the job were on display. He is the epitome of what it means to be a law enforcement officer.”
Eckert joined the NOPD as a recruit in 1997, graduating in 1998 as an officer. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2002, and to lieutenant in 2012. In 2014, Eckert was promoted to the rank of commander, the department said, serving as commander of the department’s Criminal Investigative Division, Crime Lab & Evidence Division, and most recently, the 2nd District, which encompasses Uptown and Lakeview.
NOPD said Commander Jeff Walls, previously commander in the 3rd District, will move to the 2nd District. Lieutenant Ryan Lubrano, previously lieutenant commander in NOPD’s homicide unit, has been promoted to commander in the 3rd District, which includes Lakeview, West End, Gentilly and part of Mid-City.