NOFD Chief Tim McConnell retires after 36 years of service, interim superintendent named

NOFD Chief Tim McConnell retires after 36 years of service, interim superintendent named
NOPD Chief Tim McConnell retired on Friday and Roman Nelson was named interim chief. (Source: WVUE)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans has announced that New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell retired Friday after serving for the fire department since 1984. He was named superintendent of the NOFD in 2013.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell named Deputy Superintendent Roman Nelson as interim chief with the chance to permanently take the position. Nelson has been with the department since 1997.

Cantrell released a statement on McConnell’s retirement saying:

"Superintendent Tim McConnell has served the NOFD honorably for 36 years, and his dedication and drive have made New Orleans a safer place to live. For the past seven years as Chief, he has guided the New Orleans Fire Department through a historic period of transformation, focusing on fire prevention on the front-end and ensuring his firefighters are given the pay and benefits they deserve. Most recently — his leadership was critical during our response to the Hard Rock collapse. As our Incident Commander on the scene, he helped to bring the precarious cranes down in those early weeks, and later presided over the removal of the remaining victims with dignity and respect. He has been a vital asset to my public safety leadership team, and a good friend.

“God bless you, Chief. You will be missed but not forgotten.”

A retirement ceremony held for McConnell on Friday where he took his final walk as NOFD Chief.

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