Mayor Cantrell fires 911 director

Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 at 1:59 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has fired of the head of the city's 911 center, Stephen Gordon, and has replaced him with the center's operations director who had been serving on an interim basis, according to|The Times Picayune.

The Orleans Parish Communications District Board on Thursday carried out the firing of Gordon, voting unanimously to appoint Tyrell Morris as executive director. Morris had been serving in an temporary role after his boss, Shinar Hayes, resigned from her job in April.

The board did not comment on any job performance issues with Gordon, and he said in remarks after the meeting that he recognized he was an at-will employee who served at the pleasure of the mayor.

Mayor Cantrell's office released a statement saying, "The Mayor strongly believes that new leadership was needed at the 911 Center, and that it needed to happen quickly. Today's vote by the OPCD board was the mechanism by which that change had to happen. The Mayor thanks Captain Gordon for his service, and has full confidence in Tyrell Morris to move the organization forward."

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